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Does all this (Foreign) Aid bring peace? And if so - to what extent?


Damage caused to NGO offices CARE USA and Counterpart International following a Taliban attack in Kabul, May 2019 © DesClark Photos


A recent literature survey found aid’s effect on conflict — positive or negative — is likely to be “relatively small” compared with other foreign policy options and financial flows. During ongoing violent conflict, aid is even more risky than when used to help prevent a war or sustain post-conflict peace.


Read more of William Byrd's / USIP, Afghanistan-focused piece on this important topic.

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