Ethics and the conduct of international development aid: charity and obligation

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Abstract

Ethical debate around development aid has gradually grown and diversified, and
a field that spans some aspects of policy, organisational and personal practice has
partly emerged. After characterising this trend, the paper considers: (1) The key question of the types of obligation, if any, involved in aid; is aid purely charity and beyond
obligation(s)? What do different views here imply for roles and conditions in aid? (2)
The significance in aid, especially technical cooperation, of inter-personal relations and
work-style and life-style issues. (3) Will specified ethical guidelines and codes for aid
organisations and aid workers be worthwhile? The paper suggests that even a charity
mode of aid entails important obligations concerning manner of operation, and that
helpful guidelines are possible. Whether directive codes will help is more open to
doubt.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDen Haag
PublisherInternational Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Number of pages41
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1999

Publication series

SeriesISS working papers. General series
Number297
ISSN0921-0210

Series

  • ISS Working Paper-General Series

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