A critical assessment of German development policy
In November 2011, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is celebrating its 50th anniversary. This anniversary comes at a time when North-South relationships are fundamentally changing, and so the conditions that frame German development aid policy. The new Minister, Dirk Niebel of the (neo)-liberal FDP has launched a ‘radical change of course’. In the recent edition of the Reality of Aid shadow report (see reference) the change is analyzed. A WDEV summary
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