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ERIC Number: EJ934764
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1523-1615
Paradoxes and Prospects: Moving beyond the Study of Foreign Aid
Mundy, Karen
Current Issues in Comparative Education, v13 n1 p51-55 Fall 2010
In his article, "Aid, Development, and Education," Steve Klees tells two stories about foreign aid. The first is that foreign aid does not "work" to alleviate world poverty, no matter whether one takes a neo-Marxist or liberal approach to understanding it. Aid is more about self-interest and geopolitics than anything else--at best it is a form of compensatory legitimation practiced by the world's richest governments to put a band-aid on inequality. At the same time, Klees tells that aid is not "all bad." It has a progressive and transformative component. If reformed, and revamped, it can serve the common good. More money, provided directly to the poor, getting rid of the World Bank, focusing on key priorities, changing the role of research in the aid regime, and increasing forms of democratic participation and collective agenda setting are all parts of Klees' remedy. In this response, the author raises two questions: (1) How can critical scholars have it both ways? That is to say, how can development assistance be both a key instrument of unequal social relations and part of a progressive solution?; and (2) What is missing from Klees' diagnosis of the aid regime and his prescriptions for aid reform? (Contains 1 endnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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