The report hinges its core argument around the assumption that development aid is the panacea for lifting the world’s poor out of abject poverty. In fact, development aid has long been considered a conditional generosity that comes with the tag of continuance of the ‘colonial gaze’. The act of giving maintains the status quo by helping the poor only so much: it does not empower them to take control of their lives. The neo-liberal economic theories of the 1980s and 1990s have relied on a ‘free market’ to deliver human wellbeing. This has generally put economic interests above human welfare, further marginalising the poor. The failure of the structural adjustment programmes spearheaded by the World Bank and IMF clearly indicates that development (aid) is becoming another tool to perpetuate colonialism.
The Reality of Aid network unfolds the hidden reality of aid, which continues to create the illusion of equality in a world that is inherently unequal....more