How Aid Underwrites Repression in Ethiopia
This 105-page report documents the ways in which the Ethiopian government uses donor-supported resources and aid as a tool to consolidate the power of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).
Ethiopia is one of the world’s largest recipients of development aid, more than US$3 billion in 2008 alone. The World Bank and donor nations provide direct support to district governments in Ethiopia for basic services such as health, education, agriculture, and water, and support a “food for work” program for some of the country’s poorest people. The European Union, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany are the largest bilateral donors.
- Development without Freedom
- Map of Ethiopia
- Glossary of Abbreviations
- Donor Strategy toward Ethiopia
- Development Programs Vulnerable to “Political Capture”
- Politicization of Donor-Supported Government Services
- Repression as Policy
- The Donor Response
- Alternative Strategies for Policymakers
- Annex 1: Human Rights Watch to Development Assistance Group, March 19, 2010
- Annex 2: Development Assistance Group to Human Rights Watch, April 20, 2010