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David Sogge

David Sogge

David Sogge works as an independent researcher based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In recent years he has published papers commissioned by the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre / Norsk Ressurssenter for Fredsbygging (NOREF) in Oslo. His earlier research on human security and fragile states took place under auspices of the Centre for Social Studies at Coimbra University in Portugal, and the think-tank FRIDE in Madrid. Formally educated at Harvard and Princeton in the US, and the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, the Netherlands, he has worked since 1970 in the foreign aid industry, including assignments for bilateral and multilateral agencies. Since 1993 he has been associated with the Transnational Institute, a worldwide fellowship of scholar activists headquartered in Amsterdam. Among his publications are Compassion and Calculation: The Business of Private Foreign Aid (Pluto Press,1996), and Give and Take. What’s the Matter with Foreign Aid (Zed Books, 2002).

Aid recipients: still on a short leash

The Politics of Aid: African Strategies for Dealing With Donors, edited by Lindsay Whitfield. Oxford University Press, 2008.

A review by David Sogge.

Donors still in the driver’s seat

Even in summary form, the IOB’s assessment of Dutch Africa policy 1998–2006 provides plenty of reasons to sit up and pay attention. In our public forums on aid, its findings might help bring into public view what have until now been merely rumblings backstage.

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