Aid Under Fire: How Development Projects Can Increase Civil Conflict
Donors and governments are increasingly targeting development aid to conflict-affected areas, in the hope that aid will reduce conflict by “winning the hearts and minds” of the population. But this strategy can backfire. If insurgents expect that development projects will weaken their position in the long run, they will try to derail them,* which can exacerbate conflict.
conflict; development; aid; regression discontinuity.
Benjamin Crost. 2011. "Aid Under Fire: How Development Projects Can Increase Civil Conflict." ARE Update 14(5): 1-4. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.