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Political Conditionality in Swedish Aid (!?)

Hibell, Martina (2006)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Political conditionality is when certain conditions concerning democracy, the respect for human and civil rights, and the rule of law are to be met by the recipient country either as a prerequisite for, or for keeping up aid. It may seem impossible to ethically justify aid without these kinds of conditions, but they can bring about severe complications that have to be taken into consideration in foreign bilateral aid policy. The aim of this thesis is to examine Swedish bilateral aid policy in relation to political conditionality. The use of conditioned aid has been severely criticised for being ineffective, for increasing asymmetric power relations and for violating the principles of sovereignty and non-intervention. The method has been... (More)
Political conditionality is when certain conditions concerning democracy, the respect for human and civil rights, and the rule of law are to be met by the recipient country either as a prerequisite for, or for keeping up aid. It may seem impossible to ethically justify aid without these kinds of conditions, but they can bring about severe complications that have to be taken into consideration in foreign bilateral aid policy. The aim of this thesis is to examine Swedish bilateral aid policy in relation to political conditionality. The use of conditioned aid has been severely criticised for being ineffective, for increasing asymmetric power relations and for violating the principles of sovereignty and non-intervention. The method has been modified with consideration taken to the critique, but political conditionality is rarely mentioned in Swedish aid policy, even though I wish to show that it actually is used. It has received a bad tone, which is hard to wash off even though the core meaning is completely in line with Swedish foreign aid policy. Poverty reduction, democratisation and human rights are top priorities of the Swedish aid agenda why support to foreign governments must be given with some demands on these issues. (Less)
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author
Hibell, Martina
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Democracy, Development Assistance, Political Conditionality, Sida, Swedish Aid, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
English
id
1329569
date added to LUP
2006-04-19
date last changed
2006-04-19
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  abstract     = {Political conditionality is when certain conditions concerning democracy, the respect for human and civil rights, and the rule of law are to be met by the recipient country either as a prerequisite for, or for keeping up aid. It may seem impossible to ethically justify aid without these kinds of conditions, but they can bring about severe complications that have to be taken into consideration in foreign bilateral aid policy. The aim of this thesis is to examine Swedish bilateral aid policy in relation to political conditionality. The use of conditioned aid has been severely criticised for being ineffective, for increasing asymmetric power relations and for violating the principles of sovereignty and non-intervention. The method has been modified with consideration taken to the critique, but political conditionality is rarely mentioned in Swedish aid policy, even though I wish to show that it actually is used. It has received a bad tone, which is hard to wash off even though the core meaning is completely in line with Swedish foreign aid policy. Poverty reduction, democratisation and human rights are top priorities of the Swedish aid agenda why support to foreign governments must be given with some demands on these issues.},
  author       = {Hibell, Martina},
  keyword      = {Democracy,Development Assistance,Political Conditionality,Sida,Swedish Aid,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Political Conditionality in Swedish Aid (!?)},
  year         = {2006},
}