History Of Aid To Laos: Motivations And Impacts


by Phraxayavong, Viliam

History Of Aid To Laos: Motivations And Impacts

Price:  US$33.58   (SGD46.64*)
Format:  Paper Back, 322 pages
Published:  2009, Thailand, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9786119005303
SB#:  047653 (160)

About This Book

History of Aid to Laos is the first comprehensive publication on development assistance to the aid-dependent country of Laos. Written by a former senior Lao official in international cooperation, the book investigates the situation of a country dependent on foreign aid for more than half a century and the ways in which donor nations have shaped Lao development and political relationships through the aid process. The book traces foreign aid to Laos beginning with the French administration in the 1950s, through American military-dominated assistance targeted to defeat communism, the communist bloc's economic rescue and the related political upheaval, the increasing dominance of financial institutions and Western bilateral donors as Laos's economy opened up, and finally, the ascendant influence and assistance of neighbouring countries, notably China, Thailand, and Vietnam, as well as Malaysia and Korea, which have rushed into Laos' open market economy to exploit its natural resources and eco-tourism potential. After decades of foreign aid, Laos is left with a continuing dependence on development assistance, a status as one of the world's Least Developed Countries (LDCs), and a host of new and old problems such as human trafficking, drug addiction, corruption, acute lack of human resources, and environmental degradation from mining, dams, and other "fruits" of economic development.


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