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Title:Partnership and post-war Guinea-Bissau
Author:Einarsdóttir, JónínaISNI
Periodical:African Journal of International Affairs (ISSN 0850-7902)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Guinea-Bissau
West Africa
Subjects:development cooperation
aid agencies
international relations
Guinea-Bissau--Foreign relations
Economic assistance
international economic relations
Abstract:This essay examines the use of the concept 'partnership in aid', in particular within the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. It focuses on the consequences of the partnership policy, which was formulated by international donor agencies in the late 1990s, for Guinea-Bissau, a country designated as a 'difficult partnership country', and more recently as a 'narco-State'. While the partnership rhetoric stresses concern for poverty reduction, is it anti-poverty in its reluctance to give aid to the poorest countries in the world? In practice the policy underlines the unequal relations between donors and the poorest recipient countries, rather than the opposite. It remains to be seen what solutions the new principles adopted by the DAC for good international engagement in fragile States offer. The testing of these principles seems to imply the pairing of former colonizers with their ex-colonies. Bibliogr., note, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]