Bell, David E.
July 1966
Foreign Affairs;Jul1966, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p601
This article examines the evolution of foreign aid assistance among developing and developed nations. The broad concept of partnership and self-help applies to technical assistance projects, in which the purpose increasingly is to establish effective permanent institutions in the developing countries. Therefore foreign technical advice and training are made available only if those receiving aid commit themselves to establish the necessary administrative and legal framework, provide necessary budget funds, make available appropriate trainees and, on a specified timetable, take over full management and support of the enterprise. In recent years the concept of partnership and self-help has progressed in other ways. Both bilateral and multilateral aid donors have increasingly expressed interest in broad questions of development policy in the receiving countries, questions such as whether fiscal and monetary policies are inflationary; whether all foreign-exchange resources, received both from exports and from foreign aid, are being applied under a sensible set of priorities; whether educational, tax, land and other reforms that may be needed are in fact under way.


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