Reactive aid programmes

Other Names:
Paternalistic development assistance

As international cooperation for development and local capacity building has weakened, there has been a perceived increase in humanitarian activity in response to crisis situations. It is worrying to note the reappearance of paternalistic" views of development aid, consisting in giving priority only or principally to reactive responses to dramatic situations, mass famines or the sequelae of wars and displacements. Emergency solidarity is absolutely indispensable at certain times of crisis and uniquely dramatic situations and has to be valued, but there must also be insistence on the permanent needs for cooperation and collaboration by the developed countries with the third world. As the international development agencies with most experience in the field are suffering financial crisis, agencies devoted to charitable or philanthropic work are beginning to appear in many parts of the world as the model for international cooperation.


Broader Problems:
Crisis oriented operations
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
11.12.2017 – 11:13 CET