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requirements will be delivered during the term.

The aim of this assignment is for you to apply the understanding of the course and apply it through the writing of a practical policy document.
The exercise is for you to produce a ‘Country Strategy Paper’. This is based on a generic policy document that most bilateral and multilateral agencies use. It is a document that broadly explains the position of a particular donor and a particular host nation.

For this exercise you can write from the perspective of


any bilateral agency or development ministry/administration from the OECD-DAC Development Assistance Committee
) or


a “new” donor; for example including China, India or a Gulf State


a multilateral agency/institution for example the World Bank, European Union/Commission or a UN agency.
As you will see below this will require some work from you to establish what their respective policies are in general – and would most likely be when applied to a particular state.

Potential Countries
The following is a list of countries which you must choose as your recipient country and the subject of your ‘Country Strategy Paper Sengal

Papa New Guinea
The Document Pro Forma is as follows:

Section 1: Introduction
An overall summary of the document; remember this document is primarily intended for the funding agency and/or donor.
Section 2: Context
A basic discussion of the issues involved with the respective
country. Basic economic and social data are expected in this section as is some commentary and reflection on the country’s political situation.
Section 3: Vision
The section summarises some of the issues in the county and explains
why the relevant donor (ie you!) should be involved. Explain how it fits into your donor’s stated priorities.
Section 4: Sectors/areas that will be supported
The respective sectors that will be supported by your donor and the reasons why. There is an implicit budget constraint in that you cannot support every sector. You must make a choice on your sectors
and justify them.
Section 5: Aid Dilivery and Modalities
In this section there should be a discussion of how the aid will be delivered. You must discuss the extent to which each modality or approach will be used and the reasons why you have chosen the approach of modality that you have. This would be expected in any donor or funder documenrts which are often in a pro forma format. Section 6: Monitoring and Evaluation and Delivering Value for Money
This section is concerned with how the the country strategy you have designed will be effectively monitored and evaluated? In addition
this section needs to show how the programme (s) you have effectively
designed will deliver VfM. What are the arrangements and mechanisms
to support these objectives?
Section 7: Risks
Finally this section needs to explore what are the potential risks to this county stratergy. There needs to be some discussion of how likely the risks are or what are their probalities of happening. This should aslo include some discussion of possible mitigation stratergies
Marking Criteria

Coherence of the Country Strategy Paper

Relevance and appropriateness to the respective country

Relevance to your respective donor strategy and ethos

Feasibility: How realistic is your Country Strategy Paper

Aid and Beyond Aid 2019/2020 Reading list
General Reading list
Deaton, A. (2013). The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins

of Inequality, Princeton University Press. de Haan, A 2009.

How the aid industry works: An introduction to

international development

, London: Kumarian Riddell, R 2007.

Does Foreign Aid Really Work?

Oxford: Oxford
University Press
– now increasingly dated but make sure to look at Riddell’s 2014 revisiting of his thesis on Canvas (under Modules, Handbook). Wickstead, M 2015.

Aid and Development: A Brief Introduction

Oxford University Press
Balla, Eliana (2008) ‘Giving and Receiving Foreign Aid: Does Conflict Count?’, World Development 36 (12): 2566-2585. Booth, D et al 2008.

Good Governance, Aid Modalities and Poverty

Reduction: From Better Theory to Better Practice

(see Collier, P 2007.

The Bottom Billion

, Oxford: Oxford University Press Collier, P 2009.

Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places

London: Bodley Head Commission for Africa 2005.

Our Common Interest: Report of the

Commission for Africa

(see http :// report/11-03-05_cr_report.pdf)
De Haan, A (2009) How the Aid Industry Works, Kumarian: West Hartford, CT.
Development Gateway Probably
the best single source for aid information.
Easterly, W 2006.

The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to

Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good

, London:
Forum on the future of aid: southern voices
Grindle, M 2011. ‘Governance reform: The new analytics of next steps’,


, 24 (3), pp.415-418
Hubbard, M 2005. ‘Aid management: Beyond the new orthodoxy’,


Administration and Development

, 25 (4), pp.365-371
Hubbard, M 2007. ‘Entitlement, rules, coordination, club, market and hierarchy: General budget support practice and theory, implications of results of the joint evaluation of general budget support’, World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER), UN(see PDF link

at http :// papers/2007/en_GB/rp2007-39/)
Hyden, G 2008. ‘After the Paris Declaration: Taking on the issue of power’,

Development Policy Review

, 26 (3), pp.259-274
International aid transparency initiative International Development Department (IDD) 2006.

Evaluation of

General Budget Support

(see… mes/d
Killick, T 2004. ‘Policy, evidence and the new aid agenda’,

Development Policy Review

, 22 (1), pp.5-29 Koeberle, S (ed) 2005.

Conditionality revisited: Concepts,

experiences, and lessons

, Washington DC: World Bank Mawdsley, Emma (2012)

From Recipients to Donors: Emerging Powers and

the Changing Development Landscape

, Zed Books: London.
Molenaers, Nadia; Dellepiane, S and Faust, J (2015) ‘Political Conditionality and Foreign Aid’,

World Development

, 75 (November 2015): 2-12. Moyo, D 2008.

Dead Aid: Why aid is not working and how there is a

better way for Africa

, London: Penguin
Organisation for Economic Development (OECD) 2003.

Rome Declaration

on Harmonisation

(see OECD 2008.

Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness 2005 High Level

Forum and Accra Agenda for Action 2008

(see OECD 2011.

Busan Partnership for Effective Development


(see OECD-DAC–Development Cooperation Report 2014
source of official aid statistics, 20747721.htm

Ostrom E, Gibson C, Shivakumar S, Andersson K (2002) ‘Aid, Incentives and Sustainability: an analysis of development cooperation’. Stockhholm: SIDA studies in the evaluation 02/01…