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Title:Japanese Aid to Africa: Patterns, Motivation and the Role of Structural Adjustment
Author:Stein, HowardISNI
Periodical:Journal of Development Studies
Geographic terms:Africa
Subjects:economic policy
development cooperation
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
international relations
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/00220389808422563
Abstract:This paper examines structural adjustment in Africa in the context of the development of Japan's aid policy. In 1989 Japan surpassed the USA as the world's largest contributor of overseas development assistance (ODA). Comparatively little has been written on Japanese assistance to Africa. The paper generates and analyses a data set on Japan's ODA to each sub-Saharan African country from 1959 to 1994. The data indicate an overwhelming influence of structural adjustment lending on ODA. The paper shows that structural adjustment programmes (SAP) are inconsistent with the pattern of Japanese economic development. Based on interviews with Japanese aid officials, the paper analyses the reasons for Japan's strong support for adjustment in Africa and the more recent disenchantment with these policy packages. The author argues that the most important dimension in the shifting pattern of assistance to Africa is bilateral relations with the USA which pressured Japan to recycle its trade surpluses. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.