POL312 – Canadian Foreign Policy
Feb 7 2013
Class 17 – Official Development Assistance
What is Aid?
o Deliberate from emergency humanitarian aid from military
and military assistance
o Highly romanticized understanding of what this is about – it
is always in service of some other pressing national interest.
o development v. Development – it is about measures like
health, education, et.
Lowercase d – development: people can live healthier
and longer improved human well-being.
Capital D – Development: political project of expanding
capitalist sphere of influence
Who is interested and who benefits? Whose interests
does aid serve in the Development project?
The flip side is not true in a sense that there is
no requirement in funding for lower case
o We lost war in Afghan because of another war in Afghan.
Similar dynamics happen. You try something but cannot
achieve it because you don’t focus on it.
Canada’s Aid Agenda
Responsibility to recipients and/or other donors
o Effectiveness becomes substitute for “good policy” which is
really the government’s preferred policy, but wit