How are these issues relevant to development and international aid? http://foreignpolicy.com/2009/10/13/the-ideology-of-development/ http://foreignpolicy.com/2009/10/07/the-new-colonialists/

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The issues raised in these two articles are very much connected to development and foreign aid.  Both articles criticize the ways in which the rich countries and the institutions they have created (such as the IMF) try to bring about development.  One of the ways that rich countries try to help poor countries develop is through foreign aid.  These articles criticize the most prevalent methods used by these rich countries to help the poor.

The article entitled “The Ideology of Development” argues that the rich countries are wrong to try to force all developing countries to develop in the same ways.  It says that development is now an “ideology” because its adherents believe that it is the solution to everything and that there is only one process that can allow a country to develop.  The article argues that rich countries should stop trying to promote development in this way.  They should stop trying to require poorer countries to act in certain ways if they want to get foreign aid.  Instead, the rich countries should allow the poor countries the freedom to figure out how to develop on their own.

The article entitled “The New Colonialists” argues that rich countries (and their institutions) are doing too much to take over the governance of poor countries.  They are propping up these countries instead of making the countries be accountable for their own actions.  The article argues that the rich countries must stop propping the poor countries up.   They must do things that will force the poorer countries to be accountable for the mistakes they make. 

Both of these articles criticize the ways in which rich countries try to help poor countries develop.  They do not criticize foreign aid per se, but they criticize the ways in which it is given and the conditions that are attached to it.  The issues raised in the articles are relevant to development and international aid because they criticize the way that rich countries use their aid to promote development today.

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