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Congo Co.: Aid and Security

Marriage, Zoe (2010) 'Congo Co.: Aid and Security.' Journal of Conflict, Security & Development, 10 (3). pp. 353-377.

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Abstract

Northern donors manage the Democratic Republic of Congo as though it were a company. Through aid, these donors identify and respond to key weaknesses in Congo’s ability to operate economically within the global market. As it is a country that poses high threats (from infectious diseases, economic misconduct and a volatile political situation) and high opportunities (in terms of political influence over, and sale of, vast resources) decisions on aid are taken in accordance with northern concerns, which dominate the definition of global security. In this way, economic decisions are incorporated into the pursuit of global security. Most aid goes to the health sector and is characterised by surveillance, not prevention or treatment, and a set of governance interventions that grant strategic influence in shaping the political economy of the country. These responses have functions in terms of global security; they also grant some returns to Congo, but neglect much and aggravate some forms of insecurity at a domestic level.

Item Type: Articles
Keywords: aid, security, DR Congo, Congo, DRC, health
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 14781174
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1080/14678802.2010.484200
Depositing User: Zoe Marriage
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2010 11:20
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/9153

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