Wednesday, 1 December 1999

From "Debating foreign aid: right versus left"

By Jean-Philippe Thérien (Third World Quarterly, Vol 23, No 3, 2002, p. 452).

The flow of the events discussed can be summarised roughly as follows. Foreign aid came into being in the 1940s under the impetus of a left-wing political culture. However, it was in a predominantly right-wing environment, during the 1950-70 period, that development assistance became a major international institution. In the 1970s, the introduction of the concept of basic needs turned the aid regime leftward. Later, during the 1980s, the promotion of structural adjustment coincided with the strong resurgence of the Right. Finally, since the early 1990s, the new emphasis on poverty reduction has signalled the inchoate yet genuine revitalisation of left-wing values.

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