Ethics and the conduct of international development aid: charity and obligation

Author(s) : Gasper, Des

Organization : Institute of Social Studies (Netherlands)

Imprint : The Hague, ISS, 1999

Collation : 41 p.

Series : ISS working paper series, 297

Notes : Incl. bibl.

Ethical debate around development aid has gradually grown and diversified, and a field that spans some aspects of policy, organizational and personal practice has partly emerged. After characterizing this trend, the paper considers the following: the key question of the types of obligation, if any, involved in aid; is the aid purely charity and beyond obligation(s)? What do different views here imply for roles and conditions in aid? What is the significance of aid, especially technical cooperation, of inter-personal relations and work-style and life-style issues? Will specific ethical guidelines and codes for aid organizations and aid workers be worthwhile?

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