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The Conditionality Debate Rages on...

By Moreblessings Chidaushe

This opinion piece discusses the on-going conditionality debate from an African perspective. It begins by looking at the background of conditionalities and the widespread negative impacts. It also discusses the different opinions surrounding the imposition of conditionalities, donor multiplicity and coordination. It concludes by discussing the role of civil society in entrenching conditionalities when they act as vehicles of delivery of aid in situations where donors need to bypass governments in implementing particular projects. The piece suggests that because aid is still around for a while longer, so are conditionalities as donors are not prepared to give free aid. What would be worthwhile, especially in the context of aid effectiveness would be to negotiate suitable conditionalities based on the context of the recipient in order to negate the harmful impacts of these conditionalities.

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