22/02/2017

What does determine the allocation of foreign aid to the MENA countries ?

 What does determine the allocation of foreign aid to the MENA countries ?

By Chloé de Radzitzky

Introduction

The aim of foreign aid is to help developing countries facing issues affecting their economic development. However, this article argues that in the case of the allocation of aid in the region of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the needs of recipient’s countries for economic development do not seem to be the most important determinant. As the Department for International Development has said, MENA receives more aid per poor person compared to other regions,  »but poverty reduction is not the primary motivation for many donors’ assistance » (DFID 2003: 11). Several studies emphasizes that economic, ideological, and political interests of donors determine the allocation of aid in this strategically important region.

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