The Surprise Party: An Analysis of US ODA Flows to Africa

14 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2008

Date Written: 7/30/2003


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.

Keywords: foreign aid, Africa, post-cold war

Suggested Citation

Goldstein, Markus P. and Moss, Todd J., The Surprise Party: An Analysis of US ODA Flows to Africa (7/30/2003). Center for Global Development Working Paper No. 30, Available at SSRN: or

Markus P. Goldstein (Contact Author)

World Bank ( email )

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Todd J. Moss

Center for Global Development ( email )

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