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Aid Dependence in CambodiaHow Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy$
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Sophal Ear

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161121

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161121.001.0001

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Aid Dependence in Cambodia

Sophal Ear

Columbia University Press

This book explores the relationship between aid dependence and governance by focusing on the case of Cambodia. More specifically, it examines Cambodia’s dependence on international donors and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that have operated there since the United Nations–sponsored elections in 1993. Foreign aid—a voluntary transfer of resources from one country to another, given at least partly with the objective of benefiting the recipient country—has poured into Cambodia since the ceasefire in 1991. The best collected measure of this aid is Official Development Assistance (ODA). This book explains how Cambodia has become a laboratory for donor trial-and-error experiments and how aid dependence has exacerbated corruption in the country.

Keywords:   aid dependence, governance, Cambodia, international donors, nongovernmental organizations, United Nations, elections, foreign aid, Official Development Assistance, corruption

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