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April 04, 2008

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I have nothing against Japan, or the sincere desire by anyone to contribute resources and funds towards development. But i think it is sad that when i receive my daily development news update 98% of the news is about aid availability and distribution from developed countries to developing countries. 

While i feel strongly critical of the promotion of aid (to the extent that there is some kind of comeptition and ranking between the countries giving aid), and think that it has created and consolidated a cyclical relationship of dependency  between the developed and developing countries; I understand the need which exists in many of these countries. It is a sad case of 'Can't live with it, can't live without it'...but if developing countries will take responsibility and put the aid they receive to good use, they can work their way out of dependency. According to Henrique Cardoso, there is a capability of 'associated dependent development'.

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