Professor David Sogge

Professor David Sogge

Transnational Institute - Amsterdam

International Development Studies, Economics of Foreign Aid


Professor David Sogge works as an independent scholar based in Amsterdam, where he is affiliated with the Transnational Institute. David works as an independent researcher and writer. A former member of TNI’s Board (2004-2014) and a former associate of the Norwegian think-tank NOREF, he serves as a guest lecturer in development studies at the University of Amsterdam and the Free University of Brussels, as well as at academic encounters elsewhere, particularly in Brazil. He currently focuses on public control over transnational flows affecting societies on the global periphery. Professional activities since 1970 provided a basis for books and articles on the politics of foreign aid, and on Africa, particularly Angola and South Africa. Apart from African politics and civil society studies, foreign aid has been a particular focus, with chapters appearing in the Introduction to International Development Studies (Oxford University Press), The Oxford Encyclopaedia of the Modern World, and the Handbook on the Economics of Foreign Aid. Among his books on foreign aid are Compassion and Calculation. The Business of Private Foreign Aid, “Mozambique: Perspectives on Aid and the Civil Sector”, and “Give and Take. What’s the Matter with Foreign Aid”. Evaluative research assignments have taken him to Vietnam, Eastern Europe and countries of the former Soviet Union. He writes for OpenDemocracy and many other publications. Further observations on aid appear in his book ‘Give and Take. What’s the Matter with Foreign Aid’ and in articles such as ‘Donors Helping Themselves.’ Trained at Harvard, David earned his graduate degrees from Princeton and the Institute of Social Studies – ISS in The Hague from Erasmus University in Rotterdam.


Give and Take: What’s the Matter with Foreign Aid?, Global Issues, University Press Ltd 2002, David Sogg

Les mirages de l’aide international : Quand le calcul l’emporte sur la solidarité, Enjeux Planète, Charles Léopold 2003, David Sogge

Angola: ‘failed’ Yet ‘succesful’, FRIDE April 2009, David Sogge

Angola: Empowerment of the Few, FRIDE May 2007, David Sogge

Angola: Reinventing Pasts and Futures, Review of African Political Economy 2010, David Sogge

Angola: Global “good Governance” Also Needed, FRIDE June 2006, David Sogge

Papering Over the Gaps: Dutch Policy and Post-independence, Papering Over the Gaps January 2006, David Sogge


Is civic space really shrinking, and if so who’s to blame? : The changing shape of civil society is due to international forces, not just domestic repression, openDemocracy, 22 september 2019, David Sogge
The Middle East’s new donors: rogues or team players? : Turkey and the Gulf monarchies in their savvy, if reactionary, use of aid have become important players in the international donors club, openDemocracy 14 February 2018, David Sogge
The inconvenient truth about foreign aid : For recipients aid has been a very mixed blessing, but for donors it’s been a bonanza, openDemocracy 6 February 2017, Davis Sogge
The corporate wax nose : The European Commission has shelved the results of its largest-ever research project on corporate social responsibility. What happened?, openDemocracy 16 November 2016, David Sogge
How will Davos Man address inequality? : Will it mean consigning today’s neoliberal model, that has created the transfer of wealth upwards, to history’s trash-heap? Perhaps unsurprisingly, no, not at all, openDemocracy 22 January 2016, David Sogge
Not everybody’s business: corporate crowding into the tents of global governance : As invitation-only Davos gets under way, our public space and politics shrink that little bit more across the globe. Rolling back state authority will turn today’s accountability gap into a yawning abyss, openDemocracy 23 January 2014, David Sogge