After a lull in the flow of foreign aid books, we now have an exceptionally interesting one. Drawing on her experience as an American aid official, the author shows convincingly how the conditions in which aid is given produce aims, attitudes and results quite different from those intended. The relations of giver and receiver, perceptions of what is scarce and what abundant, and the methods of calculating costs and benefits are all shown to be distorted by organization, bureaucracy, fiscal and legislative deadlines and the flow of informed and uninformed criticisms.
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