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Under all likely circumstances, official source grants and concessional loans will make up the bulk of net resource flows. Official flows are doubly important because their availability, along with appropriate policy measures by the recipient countries, will influence private sources, especially short-term and foreign direct investment inflows. External Viability If Sub-Saharan African countries are to gain external viability over the next decade, debt service must be brought in line with available external resources.

In recent years, some progress has been madeboth at the country and the regional levelin improving the effectiveness and coordination of aid. Experience with the Special Program of Assistance for Sub-Saharan Africa (SPA) and with country consultative groups and roundtables has been rewarding. But much still needs to be done. Several of the papers here provide useful insights about aid coordination and suggest practical means to achieve better results. The Record Sub-Saharan Africa's economic disaster has been well documented.

The Potential Supply of External Finance Bilateral Concessional Assistance Carey describes the significance of bilateral ODA in Sub-Saharan Africa. As the most important source of external finance, bilateral assistance to Sub-Saharan Africa from countries in the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) reached more than $10 billion in 1989. One-quarter of the total came in the form of technical cooperation grants that are often not recorded in recipients' balance of payments statistics. Even without these grants, DAC bilateral assistance now makes up more than half the net external resource flows to the Sub-Sahara.

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