Economic Research Institute Study paper
Utah State University
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It is possible to detect two intertwined arguments in the many complaints about lack of effectiveness or "failures" of technical assistance programs. The first is that the major U.S. donor, USAID, has a cumbersome structure that has evolved to serve only bureacratic ends (3). The second is that we have not learned how to do the job (2). Of course donor agencies have their problems and I have recently helped to take a stab at delineating some of them (6). Also, it is always possible to learn and improve (even though it is my opinion that we already have quite a bit of adequate technical expertise to callan). A third (a third argument, one that bears repeating and a lot more emphasis, "is the subject of my paper: the major reason for lack of technical assistance effectiveness is found in a complex of factors for which receipient nations must bear much of the responsibility.
LeBaron, Allen, "Its Time for Third World Governments to Increase the Effectiveness of Technical Assistance" (1978). Economic Research Institute Study Papers. Paper 368.