The Securitisation of Aid?

Saferworld | Saferworld Briefing | March 2011

Issues:Global militarisation, Marginalisation

Both in countries where fragility is widespread and in those that are more stable, there is a moral case for ensuring aid effectively addresses the insecurity many poor people face.

To date, the international community has had only mixed success in this regard and so the recent focus on conflict and security within the development agenda is to be welcomed. But many worry that the attention being given to these issues is motivated less by a concern for ordinary people and more by the perceived security interests of donors, one aspect of what is often referred to as the ‘securitisation’ of aid.

This briefing is aimed at the UK’s development community and does two things:

Firstly, it distinguishes between the potential for ‘securitisation’ to influence, on the one hand,where and why aid is allocated and, on the other, how that aid is used.

Secondly, it sets out a ‘developmental’ approach to meeting poor people’s security needs and calls on the UK’s development community to champion such a positive vision through its advocacy and programming.

Read the report here

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Very much welcome your proposal to distinguish between how security interests might influence *where and why* aid is allocated; versus *how* aid is used.

CAFOD have just finished analysing the Bilateral Aid Review results, and found that there doesn't appear to be evidence of a shift towards more aid being allocated where the UK has greater security interests:

...but that doesn't mean that there aren't very important questions outstanding about *how* aid is spent in conflict- affected countries. Great to see Saferworld is helping tease out the complexity of these issues - this briefing is a great resource for the development community.

Amy Pollard, CAFOD

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