The Value Chain of Foreign Aid

Development, Poverty Reduction, and Regional Conditions

  • Christian Schabbel

Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Pages 1-12
  3. Pages 13-83
  4. Pages 85-164
  5. Pages 165-237
  6. Pages 285-286
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 287-320

About this book


Despite an improved analytical knowledge of poverty, a complex multilateral transfer system of official development assistance (ODA), and a list of clearly defined objectives (Millennium Development Goals), poverty reduction in low-income countries remains a great challenge for researchers and practitioners alike. After an era of pessimism, recent empirical studies indicate that foreign aid leads to economic growth under certain conditions, for example a sound policy environment. However, whether or not aid also alleviates poverty is a highly debated issue.

Against this background, the book assesses the prospects of ODA for poverty reduction. The author analyzes the entire value chain of ODA, including the provision, allocation and utilization. Within each of these components, scope and limits of aid are critically examined. The horizontal interactions between donors and recipients as well as the vertical connections to local and region-specific conditions represent the heart of this book's approach.


Aid Targeting Development Finance Economic Growth Least Developed Country Milenium Development Goals ODA Official Development Assistance growth

Authors and affiliations

  • Christian Schabbel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Managerial Economics, Mercator School of Management - Faculty of BusinessDuisburg-Essen UniversityDuisburgGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Physica-Verlag Heidelberg 2007
  • Publisher Name Physica-Verlag HD
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-7908-1931-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-7908-1932-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-1933
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