Donors, Democracy and Development: unraveling the impact of aid in Africa - playlist.

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UNU-WIDER and the University of Ghana hosted a seminar in Accra titled 'Donors, Democracy and Development: Unraveling the Impact of Aid in Africa' on 8 June 2012. The event was linked to the ReCom projects Governance & Fragility theme research on 'Foreign Aid and Democracy in Africa'.

The aims of the seminar were twofold. First, the preliminary findings from an 18-month project at UNU-WIDER, which has looked at whether and how foreign aid has impacted Africa's democratic trajectory, were presented. This research already has been presented in a variety of fora, including to the Danish and Swedish donor community in Stockholm and at the Overseas Development Institute in London. The Accra event offered an additional opportunity for some of the researchers involved in the project to obtain feedback from an audience that works very closely on issues of democracy, governance, and development in Africa.

The second and related aim of the event was to focus more specifically on the Ghanaian experience. Ghana was one of the case studies in the UNU-WIDER project and, as E. Gyimah-Boadi explains in the video, it has experienced much progress...

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