Thorp, Willard L.
April 1970
Foreign Affairs;Apr1970, Vol. 48 Issue 3, p561
This article reports on key issues and developments concerning foreign aid to developing countries as of April 1970. At first, there was full confidence that this could easily be done. Since there already were advanced countries, all that was needed was to follow in their footsteps. And the extraordinary success of that fortunate improvisation, the Marshall Plan, was also a source of optimism. But where the Marshall Plan involved the rehabilitation of societies already modernized, a repair job rather than a transformation, the less developed countries started off with few of the essential requirements for a modern society. Nor were they homogeneous but large and small, new and old, far and near, rich and poor in physical resources. They differed in traditions, religions, languages, unity and character of leadership. Some already were in the process of changing while others had hardly started. Hence, both the League of Nations and the United Nations had procedures for a temporary, tutelary status to deal with situations where preparation was needed between the colonial condition and full independence.


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