Western Aid at a Crossroads: The End of Paternalism

  • Øyvind Eggen
  • Kjell Roland

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Øyvind Eggen, Kjell Roland
    Pages 1-17
  3. Øyvind Eggen, Kjell Roland
    Pages 18-38
  4. Øyvind Eggen, Kjell Roland
    Pages 39-55
  5. Øyvind Eggen, Kjell Roland
    Pages 56-68
  6. Øyvind Eggen, Kjell Roland
    Pages 69-84
  7. Øyvind Eggen, Kjell Roland
    Pages 85-103
  8. Øyvind Eggen, Kjell Roland
    Pages 104-113
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 114-124

About this book


The new growth patterns and shifting wealth in the world economy fundamentally alter the basis for Western aid. This book demonstrates how Western development aid has been transformed over time, in particular in the 1990s, when the West enjoyed world hegemony. Western aid, once a helping hand to other countries' development strategies, has increasingly been seen as a tool for large-scale attempts to transform states, societies and minds according to Western models. The authors claim that this has made aid more complex and less useful to poor countries in their fight against poverty. Emerging economies, such as China, have demonstrated that other paths to growth and poverty alleviation are available. They are attractive partners in development, offering collaboration without paternalism. Most poor countries experience growth, and are able to finance development with homegrown resources or in collaboration with non-Western partners. Having other options, they may increasingly challenge and reject Western aid if it is accompanied with goals of transforming the recipients based on Western blueprints. The authors claim that aid has a role in the fight against poverty in the future, but only if Western donors are willing to adapt to the new world order, leave paternalism behind and rethink their role in development. Donors must change the way they relate to poor sovereign states, redefine the meaning of 'development', and reinvent aid to make it simpler and more manageable.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Øyvind Eggen
    • 1
  • Kjell Roland
    • 2
  1. 1.the Norwegian Agency for Development CooperationNorway
  2. 2.Norfundthe Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing CountriesNorway

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