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Aid or justice? A questioning about world solidarity from an Afican perspective

The paper deals with the idea of solidarity from an African perspective. It is divided into three sections. The first section focused on the current African context calling for solidarity: poverty and misery that have increased more than ever in the recent decades. The second section explores the idea and practice of development aid as a way to express the world solidarity towards Africa. The balance sheet of fifty years of development aid is clear: “the aid has been a twoedged sword. While needed to promote development, aid has often been a tool to promote industrial nations’ economic and foreign policy objectives, including shoring up corrupt but compliant authoritarian regimes” (Gordon 2007:397-398). The last section focused on some main ideas in order to improve the current practice of solidarity, particularly on the contribution of the African world vision. The paper takes the idea of justice as a general background.

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