The Surprise Party: An Analysis of US ODA Flows to Africa - Working Paper 30

Markus P. Goldstein
July 13, 2005
Conventional wisdom about US foreign policy toward Africa contains two popular assumptions. First, Democrats are widely considered the party most inclined to care about Africa and the most willing to spend resources on assistance to the continent. Second, the end of the Cold War was widely thought to have led to a gradual disengagement of the US from Africa and reduced American attention toward the continent. This paper analyzes OECD data on US foreign assistance flows from 1961-2000 and finds that neither of these assumptions is true.This paper has been accepted for publication in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Development Studies.

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