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Effective aid to Africa must infringe on national sovereignty

I have just returned from working on a British-funded project in Uganda, helping to implement land reform. My year there introduced me to the real world of aid and development and prompted me to reassess some old assumptions. Based on that experience, I want to consider the issue of aid for land reform in Zimbabwe.

First, a few general points. Donors are criticised now for infringing on the sovereignty of debtor states in Africa by imposing strict conditions on the use of aid (or as a precondition of debt relief). It’s worth recalling that from the 1960s to the 1980s,…

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