Wednesday, 1 December 1999

From "Foreign aid in a changing world"

By Peter Burnell (in V. Desai & R. B. Potter (ed.), Companion to Development Studies, London: Arnold, 2002, p. 474).

[...] the pattern [established in the Marshall Plan] whereby US aid was strongly motivated by political reasons of national security and superpower rivalry has been an enduring feature. Other donors who became prominent later have also pursued multiple goals, although with individual characteristics. These range from economic objectives (Germany and Japan, for example), and a mission civilisatrice (France) to maintaining close historical relationships (around two-thirds of Britain's aid has traditionally gone to Commonwealth countries). The Netherlands, Canada and the Scandinavians are sometimes called "like-minded" donors: they are presumed to share an attachment to goals of "humane internationalism."

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