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Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Paul and Nancy O'Neill Classroom
735 S. State Street
1230 Weill Hall
Ann ArborMI 48109-3091
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Friday, January 18, 2013
Aid dependence in Cambodia: How foreign assistance undermines Democracy
12:00 PM -  1:00 PM

The more a country depends on aid, the more distorted are its incentives to manage its own development in sustainably beneficial ways. Cambodia, a post-conflict state that cannot refuse aid, is rife with trial-and-error donor experiments and their unintended results, including bad governance—a major impediment to rational economic growth. Based on a comparison of how more and less aid-dependent sectors have performed, Sophal Ear, Assistant Professor, Naval Postgraduate School, will highlight the complicity of foreign assistance in helping to degrade Cambodia's political