Foreign aid: Does it harm or help?

Donors and clients in the developing world

Aid to Africa: So Much to Do, So Little Done, by Carol Lancaster
Future Positive: International Co-operation in the 21st Century, by Michael Edwards

For 50 years, foreign aid programs have been a standard feature of Western dealings with non-Western places, guided by seldom-questioned notions of assisting “modernization” and “development.” In the case of the U.S., foreign aid was long tied to the nation’s military and geopolitical strategies as defined by the cold war.


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