Challenging the Aid Paradigm: Western Currents and Asian by Jens Stilhoff Sörensen (eds.)

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22 Challenging the Aid Paradigm Waever, Ole (1989). Security the Speech Act: Analysing the Politics of a Word, COPRI Working Paper no. 1989/19. Waever, Ole (1995). ) R. Lipschutz, pp. 46–86. Columbia University Press. World Bank (1999). Entering the 21st century: World Development Report 1999/2000. New York: Oxford University press. World Bank (2002). Attacking Poverty: World Development Report 2000/2001. New York: Oxford University Press. Part I Western Currents 2 The Development-Security Nexus in Historical Perspective: Governing the World of Peoples1 Mark Duffield It is now commonplace for policy-makers to assert that ‘if we help people who are less fortunate than ourselves, not only is it good for them, it is also good for us’ (see Blair, 2001).

The 1990s saw a major upsurge in the number of large-scale humanitarian, peace-enforcement and peace-keeping operations, many of them combined in different ways (Macrae, 2002). As a measure of its success, this interventionism has helped to reduce markedly the number of civil wars in the world. Having climbed steadily since the 1950s to peak at more than fifty in the mid-1990s, their number has declined significantly to fewer than thirty today (HSC, 2005, p. 23). However, as Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq suggest, ending ‘wars’ within ineffective states is relatively easy, far more difficult is securing the ‘peace’ among the people living within them.

191). The task then is to connect that provisional, incomplete or even repugnant species-life to a more accurate science, a more consistent morality, a more just politics or a higher social teleology. ). Second, from what perspective is this provisional life judged to be incomplete? , p. 192). Because of this forward vantage position, it is possible to claim to know the future history of an incomplete life form and how it will gestate into a better or more complete existence. Because of this longitudinal perspective, development is given to gradualism, paternalism and education in order to achieve the required gestation.

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