Under the partnership approach to development assistance, donor agencies fund partnerships between donor-country and host-country institutions. This paper develops a model of development assistance in which project participants attempt to extract rents from donor agencies. The model is applied to an academic exchange between Carleton University and the University of Havana. The behaviour of project participants is rational given the constraints and incentives they face, yet individually rational responses can undermine collective reciprocity and jeopardize both partners' goals for development assistance. The paper concludes that structural and ideological issues may be easier to account for than personal needs and power.

Canadian Journal of Development Studies
Department of Economics

Woolley, F. (2002). Reciprocity and rent-seeking: A study of the partnership approach to development assistance. Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 23(2), 197–224.