Does Development Aid Affect Conflict Ripeness?

The Theory of Ripeness and Its Applicability in the Context of Development Aid

  • Authors
  • Lucie Podszun

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-20
  2. Lucie Podszun
    Pages 21-33
  3. Lucie Podszun
    Pages 35-79
  4. Lucie Podszun
    Pages 81-108
  5. Lucie Podszun
    Pages 109-128
  6. Lucie Podszun
    Pages 129-304
  7. Lucie Podszun
    Pages 305-308
  8. Lucie Podszun
    Pages 309-318
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 319-338

About this book


Many developing countries find themselves in seemingly intractable internal conflicts, hindering them from moving on into a more stable, secure and wealthy environment. It seems that underdevelopment and conflict go hand in hand. Underdevelopment most often implies large streams of development aid channeled into countries at war. The work evaluates to what extent an increase in development aid affects conflict ripeness. The research shows that the effect is ambivalent: it depends on the conditions of provision whether it is positive or negative. In general, an ‘increase in development aid’ decreases the intensity of one of the ingredients to conflict ripeness: the mutually hurting stalemate. However, if embedded into a smart strategy, an ‘increase in development aid’ enhances the second ingredient to conflict ripeness: the sense of a way out. By that it counterbalances the negative effect and thus fosters the phase of ripeness, creating an ideal starting position for a subsequent peace process.


Civil War Conflict Management Poverty developing countries peace process

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, Wiesbaden 2011
  • Publisher Name VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-531-18378-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-531-94079-3
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