Donor darlings are political, not scientific


Child in Bukavu, Congo. [Flickr/Julien Harneis]

For the online magazine, Europe’s Footsteps, that I created with fellow students, I wrote about the political motivation for development aid, rather than the scientific one. The story also appeared on the EU news and policy debate website Euractiv.

“The €55 billion a year of European money going to development is politically motivated rather than scientifically. Formal colonies, trade partners and media-favorites become ‘donor darlings’. Some poor countries are bearing the brunt, writes Kasper C. Goethals.”