So been reading this article by a guy called Yash Tandon and his opinion on international aid and its effectiveness.In a sweeping criticism of bilateral aid, and its usage by politicians to further their own ‘defensive imperialism’ type agendas, he claims that:
‘Aid, from this perspective, becomes another weapon in their arsenal to discipline chaotic parts of the world.’
Bit cynical, Yash?
Whilst I would agree that there are going to be political and nationalistic interests that are put on the table, and that aid isn’t all about saving the children and making the world a better place, I found his attitude to be a bit wearisome overall, if I’m going to be honest. Not all aid is imperialistic dogma, and the assertion that ‘the aid effectiveness project is a form of collective colonialism by Northern donors of those Southern countries that, through weakness, vulnerability or psychological dependency, allow themselves to be subjected to it at the Accra conference in September’ is frankly just a little bit patronising to the Global South, and smells of a conspiracy theory on the part of the North.
Link to Yash’s article: http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/48634
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