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Vol 51 No 18

Published 10th September 2010


The real cost of Maputo’s aid

Mozambique receives more aid per head than neighbouring – and similar – countries like Malawi and Tanzania. This is partly because of its long-past ‘post-conflict status’ but also because of its loyal adherence to World Bank/International Monetary Fund strictures on macroeconomic stability and liberalisation. This has delivered gross domestic product growth of over 6% a year but with mixed effects on economic development. Aid represents 15% of GDP, compared to 6-8% for the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa.

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