The Politics and Economics of Britain's Foreign Aid: The Pergau Dam Affair

The United Kingdom's funding of the Pergau hydroelectric project in Malaysia in the early 1990s created a political storm in the United Kingdom and Malaysia and had a lasting impact on subsequent aid policies. In a new book, The Politics and Economics of Britain's Foreign Aid: The Pergau Dam Affair, Sir Tim Lankester offers an ex post political and economic evaluation of the project—the largest and most controversial project in the history of British aid.
Lankester, who was permanent secretary of the U.K. Overseas Development Administration at the time, offered an insider's perspective of the politics, the individuals, and the decisions that helped to shape this important period in British development assistance. He also discussed broader insights and lessons on governance, accountability and aid policy that are relevant to this day. 

This event was sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Global Human Development Program, School of Foreign Service, and the World Faiths Development Dialogue.

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