Principles of Good Governance Should be Behind all Canadian Foreign Aid Donations, says Reader

Published: Wednesday, 01/09/2008 12:00 am EST

The standard problem with development aid is that it makes recipient governments answerable to donors, their revenue source, rather than their own populations (Re: "Cash for Tanzania Highlights Aid Problems," Dec 5, 2007). Donor governments provide aid to assert their own national interests, which do not always include altruism. In order to hide this reality, donors tend to measure and manipulate accountability indexes to suit their own agendas. Aid, for the recipient population, becomes nothing more than a resource curse.

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