The effects of post-colonial views of work on donors and recipients of humanitarian and developmental aid in Africa : A case study of organizations offering and receiving aid in Zimbabwe


The question of aid effectiveness has been bothering many participants in the aid arena for many years now. Despite Africa receiving the bulk of aid in the last fifty years, real development is yet to be seen. I am concerned about the ineffectiveness of aid and desired to find out from donors and recipients of aid their views of work and how those views affect the effectiveness of aid. I had three hypotheses and asked three questions. A literature review was undertaken with a number of scholarly works being reviewed. The views of work of both donors and recipients of aid agreed on the ineffectiveness of aid in Africa.


Seminars were arranged for donors and recipients of aid where I taught a theology of work. At these seminars, research instruments I designed were used to collect pre and post seminar data. The data collected were both quantitative and qualitative, although the research design was mainly qualitative. The context of the study was considered in the research and this context gave insight to the causes of the behaviors that influence the views of work and which subsequently affected the effectiveness of aid. A biblical and theological framework was also reflected on which a number of Scriptures and other scholarly work are cited.

The results from the seminars were analyzed. The hypotheses one and two were partly supported, while hypothesis number three was fully supported. Also recommendations as well as suggestions for future studies were made.

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Bakke Graduate University, 2012

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