Beware Aid Agencies Bearing Gifts

USAID’s so-called ‘democracy promotion programmes’ are designed to foment dissent against governments unfriendly to Washington

By Linda S.Heard | Special to Gulf News
Published: 20:00 April 21, 2014
Gulf News

There is no such thing as a free lunch as states that are recipients of western aid understand only too well. The naive may believe that foreign aid is a tool to help developing countries; sceptics are convinced it’s a quid pro quo enabling wealthy powers to exercise geopolitical policy objectives. In a documentary, filmmaker John Pilger made the case that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund are “The New Rulers of the World” on behalf of their largest donor countries — the US, the UK, Germany, France and Japan. But some less powerful nations are alleging that one agency — the US Agency for International Development (USAID) — is acting as a front for the CIA.

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