Tag: foreign aid

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Jordan’s Dutch Disease

Back in the early 1970s, a huge natural gas windfall gifted the Netherlands a strong currency and a budget surplus, but failed to improve fundamental underlying weaknesses in the country’s economy such as its uncompetitive industrial base. The term ‘Dutch…


Too Much of a Good Thing

An over reliance on foreign aid has allowed successive governments to put off taking the tough steps needed to create a truly sustainable economy. For the sake of Jordan’s future, this has to change. By Laith al-Qasem Jordan is a…