Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Development aid must target knowledge | Tshikululu Social Investments

Development aid must target knowledge | Tshikululu Social Investments: "But the neglect of knowledge, in development cooperation with sub-Saharan African countries, can jeopardise the impact of development cooperation in the targeted areas, said Maassen at a recent colloquium in Oslo on Higher Education and Economic Development in Africa: Findings and implications for development aid, hosted by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, NORAD.

“The long term agenda of donor countries is broad social development in the recipient countries, but this is in conflict with donor demands for short term impact and reporting deadlines,” argued Maassen. The consequence is that where development aid finds its way into universities, it does so in forms that do not contribute to sustained development of the academic core of the institution."

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