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Funding Arab Reform? The EU's Development Aid Achievements

Sept. 20, 2012, 11:02 p.m.


In the wake of the Arab revolts, the EU has ramped up its aid commitments to countries in the MENA region. It claims to have diverted up to 600 million euros to the cause of funding reform, or 'democracy-related aid.'  Yet EU funds have not been fully effective in assisting Arab democratization, and in some contexts there is evidence of this assistance being inadequate. This policy brief by Richard Young of FRIDE explores why.


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