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Politics in International Funding

  • By: Jonatan Lassa
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

The politics of international funding is the process by which international actors make decisions on international aid (e.g., funds, grants, donated goods, and services) within the context of international development cooperation and humanitarian disaster intervention. The politics of international aid is full of paradoxes, because aid resources can be most available when least required, and least available when most required. That aid is always driven by the needs of the recipient is often not enough to explain the paradox of international aid.

Natural disasters and civil wars cause loss of life, assets, and incomes, which consequently cause national development budgets to be reallocated for emergency relief and recovery operations. As the financial capacity of developing and underdeveloped nations is often limited, the call for external ...

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