Himal, 5 October 2020
AAN’s report about Afghanistan as a rentier state features in the Southasiasphere podcast of the South Asia-focussed online journal:
There’s this report from May this year in the Afghan [sic] Analysts Network which looks at you know what the impact of foreign aid has been in Afghan economy and also in Afghanistan’s democracy. So for example the country has seen greater inequality in last several years. The argument is that the flow of foreign aid is also converting Afghanistan into a rentier state, because a lot of, more than 40 percent of the state’s GDP comes directly from aid. It increases the state patron-client relationship, there’s a loss of democratic accountability. So it’s an interesting argument on why and how foreign aid has actually been not so beneficial for Afghanistan and I think it’s a conversation worth having I think.
This article was last updated on 6 Oct 2020