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Title:The End of an Era: The Rise and Fall of G.D.R. Aid
Author:Howell, Jude
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic terms:Mozambique
East Germany
Subjects:development cooperation
international relations
Economics and Trade
Development and Technology
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/161772
Abstract:The reunification of Germany on 3 October 1990 marked the end not only of a socialist experiment but also of an alternative source of aid to developing countries as far apart as Vietnam, Cuba, and Mozambique. How great was the loss to the developing world when the German Democratic Republic (GDR) rapidly disintegrated? What was distinctive about its aid compared with that of capitalist donors? What happened to the projects, experts, overseas students, and foreign workers once Germany was reunified? This article addresses these issues by first examining the rationale for aid from the GDR to developing countries, the forms it took as well as the institutional structures. It then focuses on the case of Mozambique, a major recipient of East German assistance, by considering the impact of reunification and the significance of this momentous change. Notes, ref.