2016 Economic Development, Public Administration Evaluation

Swedish Development Cooperation with Tanzania – has it helped the poor?

Mark McGillivray, David Carpenter, Oliver Morrissey, Julie Thaarup

Sweden’s official aid policy began in 1962. The Government Bill (1962:100) describes how the first steps were taken in the Swedish-Tanzanian aid relationship as early as 1961, when the Nordic Committee of Ministers for the coordination of help to developing countries’ agreed to prepare ‘a Nordic aid initiative in the area of education in a suitable African country’.

In this evaluation, Professor Mark McGillivray from Deakin University and his colleagues have tackled the question of whether – and, if so, how – Swedish aid has helped to reduce poverty in Tanzania. The focus is on the entire history of cooperation, from 1962 to today.

The report was presented during the seminar Sweden’s support for development in Africa.

Mark McGillivray, Research Professor, Alfred Deakin Institute at Deakin University in Geelong, Australia

David Carpenter, Principal Adviser, Adam Smith International Asia Pacific in Sydney, Australia

Oliver Morrissey, Professor, School of Economics at the University of Nottingham in Nottingham, the United Kingdom

Julie Thaarup, Partner of the Nordic Consulting Group in Copenhagen, Denmark