17.09.2018 | DIE: Book Presentation and Discussion – „Why we lie about aid”

17 September 2018, 17:30 – 19:00 h
at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Tulpenfeld 6, 53113 Bonn

Foreign aid is about charity. International development is about technical fixes. At least that is what we, as donor publics, are constantly told. The result is a highly dysfunctional aid system which mistakes short-term results for long-term transformation and gets attacked across the political spectrum, with the right claiming we spend too much, and the left that we don’t spend enough.

The reality, as Pablo Yanguas argues in this provocative book, is that aid isn’t – or at least shouldn’t be – about levels of spending, nor interventions shackled to vague notions of ‘accountability’ and ‘ownership’. Instead, a different approach is possible, one that acknowledges aid as being about struggle, about taking sides, about politics. It is an approach that has been quietly applied by innovative development practitioners around the world, providing political coverage for local reformers to open up spaces for change. Drawing on a variety of convention-defying stories from a variety of countries – from Britain to the US, Sierra Leone to Honduras – Yanguas provides an eye-opening account of what we really mean when we talk about aid.

At our event, Pablo Yanguas will present main ideas from his book before we turn to comments from experts on German foreign aid, and then open the discussion for questions from the audience.


Welcome by Moderator Stephan Klingebiel (DIE)

Book Presentation by Pablo Yanguas

Comments from Panel

  • Peter Krahl, Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Claudia Schwegmann, Open Aid Germany
  • Till Wahnbaeck, Welthungerhilfe

Q&A with the Audience
Drinks Reception

Participants are invited to continue discussions over light refreshments following the Q&A.

Please note:
Please register by email at Christiane.Weller@die-gdi.de by 5 September 2018.

Source: Nofitication German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), 23.08.2018