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DENOUNCING FOREIGN AID USING THE “WEST LECTURES THE REST” DYNAMIC.

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Food for a dubious humanitarian thought Human Rights Reader 358   Foreign aid does not address the frequently adverse effects of powerful global nations using their muscle and force, as well as them too often looking the other way on the violations of human rights.   We cannot be content with the badly needed social […]

DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION* CLAIMS ALTRUISM AND MORALITY, BUT IS DRIVEN BY AN IMAGE OF MORAL SUPERIORITY.

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Food for a not really altruistic thought   Human Rights Reader 276   The human rights-based framework opens our eyes to the outdated traditional model of aid. Since the new human rights narrative focuses on global justice and on pluralism, it criticizes international development agencies as ‘a cosmopolitan elite that is wrongfully embracing Globalization’ and […]

HUMAN RIGHTS ARE CENTRAL OBJECTIVES OF DEVELOPMENT; IT IS UTTERLY INSUFFICIENT TO REFER TO THEM AS ONE OF THE ‘CROSS-CUTTING’ ISSUES. (part 3 of 3)

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Food for a thought that does not represent the people   Human Rights Reader 271   Accountability in foreign aid   The international legal regime established through the various human rights treaties is the existing global accountability framework which we should  be drawing upon much, much more.   1. Efforts to increase the type of […]

HUMAN RIGHTS ARE CENTRAL OBJECTIVES OF DEVELOPMENT; IT IS UTTERLY INSUFFICIENT TO REFER TO THEM AS ONE OF THE ‘CROSS-CUTTING’ ISSUES. (part 2 of 3)

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Food for a thought that does not represent the people   Human Rights Reader 270   The role of claim holders and duty bearers* 1. With an emphasis on development results that actually ought to be seen as fulfilled human rights, duty-bearers become accountable in a variety of ways: through budgetary allocations, through building capacity […]

Experience has shown that, in development work, we now have to change our tactics: We will no longer ask for political will or commitment, but instead, will push governments on their legal obligation.

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 Injustice is a social disease that needs to be combated with the force of an epidemic. We have no other world except this one; it is difficult to imagine improving it without changing it. (CETIM) 1. The need to push duty bearers on their legal obligations is neither new nor only true for national leaders; […]

An indictment of foreign aid: Is it too late?

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States do not have friends, only interests. (Charles de Gaulle)   1. As we have it now, foreign aid is instrumental in decreasing constructive social, economic, and political tensions and internal contradictions that would tend, sooner or later,  redress or resolve the growing imbalances and injustices of the prevailing internal exploitative system in many a […]




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