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Seminar: Foreign Aid and Effectiveness in Africa

19 October, 2018 | 11:30 am


You’re invited to a seminar by Professor Esther William Dungumaro

  • Title: Foreign Aid and Effectiveness in Africa
  • Date: 19 October 2018
  • Time: 12h30 – 14h00
  • Venue: Room 808, Level 8, Shepstone Building, Howard College


African countries have been receiving foreign aid for several decades. The foreign aid is intended for various purposes. While some aid are provided in times of emergence others are purely aimed to eradicate poverty. However, the extent to which African countries adequately benefit from the foreign aid depends on so many factors that come in the equation. Importantly to the understanding of the effectiveness of the foreign aid is exploring the origin of the foreign aid.

This paper explores the origin of the foreign aid, the evolution of approaches to provision of aid. It then centres on the case of Tanzania. Tanzania, at some point, was the biggest receiver of foreign aid in East Africa. The paper examines the link (if any) between foreign aid and economic growth in Tanzania. The paper argues that some conditions attached to aid are used to influence the macro-economic policies of African countries and developing countries in general. Finally the paper argues that effectiveness of the foreign aid can be realised if people’s livelihoods are improved. This is particularly important given the rapid population growth in most African countries. Poverty reduction is of profound importance for continued peace and security and also to deter the youths from engaging in various activities which may pose a threat to their countries and the continent in general.


Esther W. Dungumaro, holds a PhD from Hitotsubashi University Tokyo, Japan and received a Bachelor’s degree in Science and Education and a Master’s degree in Demography both from the University of Dar es Salaam. Currently, Dungumaro is the principal of Mkwawa University College of Education. Before her current position, Dungumaro was the Director of the Institute of Development Studies of the University of Dar es Salaam. Before then, she was the founding Director of International Relations of the same University. Her dedication and commitment lead to her nomination to attend the executive leadership training at Harvard Business School (HBS).

She is also an active member of professional associations and continues to attend and present papers in conferences.  As a demographer she conducts research and publishes in areas of demography, population and development. She has researched and published in the area of demography, population and development and migration and urbanisation. She has also supervised quite a good number of masters and PhD candidates and continues to do so. Apart from teaching, she also provides consultancy services in the area of demography and development within and outside Tanzania. Dungumaro is also an active member of professional associations within the regions and beyond.  She is a member of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) and the Union of African Population Studies (UAPS). In 2011, she was elected the East African Regional Representative for the Union of African Population Studies.


19 October, 2018
11:30 am
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Room 808, Level 8, Denis Shepstone Building
238 Mazisi Kunene Rd
Glenwood, KwaZulu-Natal 4001 South Africa
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