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International Approaches to Governing Ethnic Diversity$
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Jane Boulden and Will Kymlicka

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199676583

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199676583.001.0001

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International Approaches to Governing Ethnic Diversity

International Approaches to Governing Ethnic Diversity

Can Development Aid be a Tool in this Toolkit?

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(p.198) 8 International Approaches to Governing Ethnic Diversity
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International Approaches to Governing Ethnic Diversity
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Elisabeth King

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199676583.003.0008

This chapter examines the role of international development aid in poor, conflict-affected and ethnically divided societies, cataloguing and evaluating the range of current approaches. Using real-world examples, it also highlights the assumptions about ethnicity and peace that underlie each of the approaches. In general, international development donors and practitioners have largely ignored ethnicity, in what the author calls a form of ‘wilful ignorance’, working on the assumption that economic growth will naturally lead to peace. This chapter explores the dangers of this wilful ignorance, and considers a range of ethnicity-conscious alternatives, each of which has its own risks and shortcomings.

Keywords:   international development, development, aid, foreign aid, conflict, ethnicity, peace

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