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.

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Keywords ethics, economic development
ISBN 978-1-4129-4720-6
Persistent URL hdl.handle.net/1765/77721
Series ISS Staff Group 2: States, Societies and World Development
Note Published in: M. Frost (Ed), International ethics (Volume 4- Ethics and foreign policy), SAGE publications, Delhi, 2013, pp. 179-201, ISBN 9781412947206
Citation
Gasper, D.R. (2013). Ethics and the conduct of international development aid: charity and obligation. In International ethics (Volume 4- Ethics and foreign policy) (pp. 179–201). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/77721