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Arab Foreign Aid: Disbursement Patterns, Aid Policies and Motives

1 January 2007
Middle East and North Africa

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Arab Foreign Aid: Disbursement Patterns, Aid Policies and Motives

This report examines Arab aid flows and aid policies, and contrasts them with the broad picture of Western practice in these areas. The lack of analysis of Arab aid in the literature is unfortunate. One aim of this report is to assess whether Arab and Western aid are set to work in opposite directions, or whether they can complement each other. Three major Arab donors give most of the aid with a large share going to Arab countries. Another feature is that while Arab aid has been very generous, it has also been very volatile. Other motives important to Arab donors seems to be to support their own commercial interests. Finally, Arab aid seems to go partly to Islamic countries, and coupled with the large flow of non-official aid into promoting Islam, it seems as though such religious aims are important to Arab donors.


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