New article: The Donor's Dilemma - International Aid and Human Rights Violations

Donor governments face a dilemma when providing development aid to states that violate human rights. While aid may contribute to positive development outcomes, it may also contribute to rights violations committed by these regimes.

This article in the British Journal of Political Science by Niheer Dasandi (DLP, left) and Lior Erez (European University Institute) provides a conceptual framework for donors to address this dilemma in a normatively justified way.

Drawing on recent methodological advancements in normative political theory, the article develops a distinctively political framework of dilemmas, suggesting three models: complicity, double effect and dirty hands. It considers this framework in the context of development aid, discussing the relevant considerations for donors in different cases. The article demonstrates that an approach to development assistance that acknowledges political realities does not have to be normatively silent.

See also the authors' open access DLP paper (PDF) on this topic.

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