Official aid also involves the transfer of very large sums of money – so large, in fact, that the resources of the voluntary sector look puny and insignificant by comparison 101
Stefan Bauschard Foreign Aid Faiils Improvements Fail FADISH AID REDESIGNS FAIL Graham Hancock, a British writer and journalist, LORDS OF POVERTY: THE POWER, PRESTIGE, AND CORRUPTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL AID BUSINESS 1989, p. 3 Despite the fads, fancies, 'new techniques', 'new directions' and endless 'policy rethinks' that have characterised the development business over the last half-century, and despite the expenditure of hundreds of billions of dollars, there is little evidence to prove that the poor of the Third World have actually benefited. Year in year out, however, there can be no doubt that aid pays the hefty salaries and underwrites the privileged lifestyles of the international civil servants, 'development experts', consultants and assorted freeloaders who staff the aid agencies themselves. 102
Stefan Bauschard Foreign Aid Faiils Consult Those In Need CP DISASTER VICTIMS SHOULD BE CONSULTED Graham Hancock, a British writer and journalist, LORDS OF POVERTY: THE POWER, PRESTIGE, AND CORRUPTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL AID BUSINESS 1989p. 20 It would help if the disaster victims themselves were consulted about their own priorities. This usually does not happen, however. Following the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982 many Palestinian refugee camps suffered severe damage and this created an urgent need for new shelters to be built. Although this was a priority for the refugees, it was not seen as so important by those who came to help, many of whom were not in the shelter business. An on-the-spot observer comments: No one was hungry, there was no malnutrition, but one agency which specialised in nutrition arrived and demanded that they set up a therapeutic feeding centre. There was no malnutrition at all, but they insisted that they must start a therapeutic feeding centre. Other organisations may want to supply things like ambulances or orphanages because this is what they specialise in; perhaps in the States they support an orphanage and they want to help in Ethiopia or Somalia, so – let's support an orphanage. There are not many orphans in refugee camps." 103
Stefan Bauschard Foreign Aid Faiils “Technical Expertise” Answers FOREIGN EXPERTS LACK KNOWLEDGE NECESSARY FOR APPROPRIATE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE William Easterly, Professor of Economics and Co-Director, Development Research Institute, New York University, ARE AID AGENCIES IMPROVING?, September 2006, Technical assistance is also much-maligned by critics and some aid agencies themselves because it is also frequently tied to hiring consultants from the donor countries. Critics question whether rich country consultants make a significant contribution to poor countries seeking poverty reduction – foreign experts
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