Lancaster attempts to answer the question, "why with so much aid there has been so little development in Africa?" She aims at shedding light on the ‘disappointing impact of foreign aid on development in Africa." Her concerns are the politics of foreign aid to Africa, including power, policy choices, influence of political institutions, and the functioning of public organizations, among others. Lancaster offers new insights, with exceptional clarity, that bring out repressed ideas and emotional feelings into the open for discussion. The contents are well organised and the book covers the recipients’ side as well as the donors’. This analytical and scholarly book draws many profitable lessons that highlight the operational problems of organizations managing aid to Africa.