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Should Dictatorships Receive Development Aid?
Democracies should only provide official development assistance (
) to democratic countries.
Making assistance conditional on democratisation makes economic reform and growth in non-democratic states more likely.
Conditional development assistance works as an incentive for further democratization.
Tying development assistance to a free democratic basic order is the strong preference of the majority of donor countries' citizens. As they are the ones who have to fund development aid, taxpayers' opinion should be seriously taken into consideration.
In the absence of democratic institutions development assistance will be spent by the regimes as they see fit. Their decisions will not always be fair, legal, or in the public interest.
Unconditional foreign assistance is vital to achieving peace and stability in non-democratic recipient states.
By making development assistance conditional on democratization, donor states run the risk of losing out on a potential source of influence over recipient states to protect important strategic interests.
Tying assistance to the conditions of democratization is immoral.
The level of democratization and the quality of governments are hard to
accurately and in a fair way.
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