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Important note: Definition of “aid”

I use a very broad definition of aid.

Because we all know that when it comes down to it, “traditional” aid contributes little to development.

“Aid” for me is anything that improves well-being (well-being is also not the same thing as income). Could a political protest be aid? Yes. Could improving investment climate be aid? Yes.

Why not just call it “development”? Things can develop on their own, and I would like to imply agents (of the “do with”, not “do to” kind). I also think it’s a good idea to nudge those with a more traditional view of aid to consider a wider range of possibilities. It’s a reclaiming of the term.


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