Past event

Members

'Development without Freedom: How Aid Underwrites Repression in Ethiopia'

Chatham House, London

Africa Programme

Participants

Ben Rawlence, Researcher, Human Rights Watch
Chair: Professor Christopher Clapham, University of Cambridge

Overview

The findings of this report by Human Rights Watch, which argues that the Ethiopian government uses donor supported development programs to repress and control its citizens, will be presented and discussed at this event.

The World Bank, the European Union, the UK and others give billions of dollars to Ethiopia every year to support development programs in agriculture, health and education and Ethiopia is apparently making good progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. However, the report argues that progress comes at a price. Human Rights Watch found examples of development assistance such as micro-credit loans, seeds, fertilizers, food for work programs and promotion and training opportunities for teachers and civil servants being restricted to supporters of the ruling party. Donors, according to the report, appear to be wilfully ignoring the use of their aid programs as tools of repression simply because Ethiopia reports good progress on eradicating poverty.

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