Is Official Development Aid Designed to Fullfill the Poors' Needs?[Essay] by Guillaume Angué


The author was part of the “Alternative Management” third year program in HEC in 2008/2009.

Since 1945 and the independence of old colonies, rich countries have attempted to help the poorest countries to develop. At first this Development Aid was aimed towards economic growth, and then towards the reduction of inequalities, social progress, and now towards sustainable development. Whereas economic growth was already hard to achieve, are all these new priorities really important for the people in need, or are they just a way for rich countries to think about and “impose” development?

Today, everybody recognizes that Human Rights, democracy and environmental protection are important, but we can still wonder if the sums dedicated to ODA are really used to address the needs of the poor or to promote an occidental vision of development.

Quote article  Guillaume Angué, « Is Official Development Aid Designed to Fullfill the Poors' Needs? », 06 october 2009, Alternative Management Observatory (AMO), [Essay]

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