INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

On international aid

who has the right to decide?

We all want the world to be a better place, but how do we make that happen? Many focus on helping their own, local communities, but some others are drawn to problems affecting communities across the planet. Choices made by those directing and implementing aid efforts can make or break a project. Especially in cases where aid flows from developed to developing nations, the issue of who should be responsible for directing and implementing those aid efforts is very real. In this installment of Ethical Inquiry it is asked: ^Who has the right to make those choices? Who should be in charge of directing what money and which resources go where, and to what end? ^Should it be the professionals? Those who are most passionate? The intended beneficiaries? Those supplying the resources? Governments and/or international organizations?