South African Development Assistance in Africa

  • Chris TapscottEmail author
Part of the Governing China in the 21st Century book series (GC21)


Over the course of the past two decades, South Africa has emerged as a new aid donor on the African continent. In so doing, it has sought to distance itself from traditional modes of development assistance by positioning itself as a development partner rather than an aid donor. In this approach, rather than targeted aid, support is provided in response to requests for assistance and without any conditions attached. Despite its laudable objectives, however, South Africa’s aid policy is somewhat inchoate, committed to a new paradigm of partnership, yet embodying elements of a conventional Northern model of donor assistance. Furthermore, much of the assistance dispensed is of an ad hoc nature, development aid is uncoordinated, an effective organisational infrastructure to support the implementation of assistance programmes is lacking, and so too is the capacity to follow up and support beneficiaries.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Government, University of the Western CapeBellvilleSouth Africa

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