PANDEMIC CRISIS AND RISKS OF STATE FAILURE IN EU’S AID RECIPIENTS: AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PROMOTING GOVERNANCE-LINKED DEVELOPMENT POLICY

In the aftermath of the pandemic crisis, a number of already weak countries will fall in deep economic and social distress. That raises the question of the efficiency of official development aid coupled with debt relief to pull countries out of poverty when bad governance is endemic. Most of the aid recipients exhibit very poor governance records, with a toxic combination of large wealth gaps, weak institutions, large corruption, and authoritarian regimes. The solution is to make development aid dependent on robust and monitored improvement in governance in developing countries, hence conditioning debt relief and aid flows upon long-term commitments regarding institutional strengthening and capacity building, as well as civil rights protection.

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