The Aid Debate

Zoya Phan
Middle East and North Africa
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The Aid Debate explores the complexities of foreign aid. The common belief is that aid is beneficial, and it has indeed been responsible for substantial global development. However, the reality is often not so straightforward. In a discussion moderated by United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees Craig Johnstone, Ghanaian economist George Ayittey,French politician Philippe Douste-Blazy, Norwegian politician Jan Egeland, and Burmese human rights activist Zoya Phan, remind the audience that while aid is a lifeline to millions around the world, it can also keep authoritarian regimes in power and impede true development.

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