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WP/037 Donor Assistance and Political Reform in Tanzania

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Tanzania has been a relative success story in Africa in terms of political reform. While foreign aid has helped strengthen institutions that advance accountability, it simultaneously supports a status quo that undermines accountability and democratization. This study first explores the ways in which foreign donors directly strengthen civil society, parties, the media, as well as legislatures and the judiciary. It then looks at the ways in which donor support has unintended consequences in undermining accountability through the provision of general budget support and through support of policies that undercut vertical accountability in decentralization and in public goods provision.
Publisher:
UNU-WIDER
Series:
WIDER Working Paper
Volume:
2012/37
Title:
WP/037 Donor Assistance and Political Reform in Tanzania
Authors:
Aili Mari Tripp
Publication date:
April 2012
ISBN 13 Web:
978-92-9230-500-0
Copyright holder:
© UNU-WIDER
Copyright year:
2012
Keywords:
Tanzania, democratization, accountability, foreign aid, decentralization, public goods
JEL:
D72, F35, N47
Sponsor:
This working paper has been prepared within the UNU-WIDER project ‘Foreign Aid and Democracy in Africa’ directed by Danielle Resnick, which is a component of the larger UNU-WIDER programme ‘Foreign Aid: Research and Communication (ReCom)’. UNU-WIDER gratefully acknowledges specific programme contributions from the governments of Denmark (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danida) and Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency—Sida) for the Research and Communication (ReCom) programme. UNU-WIDER also acknowledges core financial support to UNU-WIDER’s work programme from the governments of Finland (Ministry for Foreign Affairs), the United Kingdom (Department for International Development), and the governments of Denmark and Sweden.
Format:
online