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Debating aid in Belgium : the road from colonialism to emancipation

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Abstract: Belgian development aid was initially driven by self-interest. Over the last fifteen years it has made a more resolute effort to genuinely contribute to development. Belgium began its development aid effort after the Congo declared its independence from the country in 1960. A large portion of this aid went to Belgium’s former colonies of the Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. In more general terms, some Belgian companies saw aid as a way of making large-scale projects easier to sell abroad – a kind of export subsidy. During the late 1990s, the Belgian aid effort was reviewed. In 1999, after almost 40 years, priorities for Belgian aid were laid out and its aim defined in terms of human development, poverty alleviation, and partnerships.
Authors: Vandaele, J.
Country: Belgium , Congo , Rwanda
Category: Policy
End Page: 15
Serial number: 11
ISSN: 1874-2033
Journal: The Broker
Keywords: development policy , economic development , private sector
Language: eng
Organization: The Broker
Year: 2008
Region: Central Africa
Right: © 2008 IDP. This article has been licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported license.
Subject: Development Cooperation General
Start Page: 12
Title: Debating aid in Belgium : the road from colonialism to emancipation