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Foreign aid and corruption: Ethical aspects of foreign aid
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This literary analysis focuses on the correlation between foreign aid and corruption. The “Capabilities Approach” by Amartya Sen is used to discuss how to, and who is responsible for, developing an ethically justified aid policy. Arguments and ideas from five different sources have been analyzed. The primary sources are African Development by Todd Moss, Corruption and Development by Georg Cremer, Lord of Poverty by Graham Hancock, The White Man’s Burden by William Easterly, and Internationalisation of corruption by Daniela Herrmann and Clare Fletcher. This study analyzes three questions. Firstly, does foreign aid affect the level of corruption, and how? Secondly, how do you measure development and justice? Thirdly, who is considered accountable? The results show that there is a connection between aid and corruption and that the aid agencies together with the governments have the primary responsibility to improve the policy and reconstruct the organizations. The policy should focus on enhancing the quality of life of the individual.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 52 p.
Keyword [en]
human rights, foreign aid, corruption
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Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-296380OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-296380DiVA: diva2:937768
Subject / course
Human Rights
Educational program
Master Programme in Human Rights
Available from: 2016-06-20 Created: 2016-06-15 Last updated: 2016-06-20Bibliographically approved

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