[I just stumbled again upon this excellent analysis of the Carleton University- Universidad de la Habana Partnership program of 1995-2002, written by my colleague Frances Woolley. It is of broad interest to those interested in development assistance generally and of particular interest to those interested in Cuba. It is a fine article that seems to have slipped under the radar of many analysts of Cuba. I am therefore publishing it again here. A.R.]
Canadian Journal of Development Studies / Revue canadienne d’études du développement , Volume 23, Issue 2, 2002
Dr. Frances Woolley, Department of Economics and Associate Dean, Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University, Canada
Complete article available here: Frances Woolley, Cuba-Canada Reciprocityand Rent-Seeking 2002 ABSTRACT 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.