IDS Bulletin 4.2-3

Who uses Aid for what?

Published on 1 March 1972

Except for making the rather uninteresting observation that the developed countries sometimes, or often, use what they call ‘aid’ as an instrument of foreign policy, aid agencies tend to turn a blind eye to the political dimensions of their activities. There are several reasons why this should be so, the most obvious of which is that the principal rival of an aid agency, within its own governmental structure, is usually the ministry of foreign affairs.

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Institute of Development Studies
White, John


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