Ethics and the conduct of international development aid : charity and obligation
ISS Working Paper Series / General Series , Volume 297 p. 1- 41
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.
|Erasmus University Rotterdam|
|ISS Working Papers - General Series|
|ISS Working Paper Series / General Series|
|Organisation||International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University (ISS)|
Gasper, D.R. (1999). Ethics and the conduct of international development aid : charity and obligation. ISS Working Paper Series / General Series (Vol. 297, pp. 1–41). Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/19042