The Securitization of Foreign Aid: Trends, Explanations and Prospects

  • Stephen Brown
  • Jörn Grävingholt
  • Rosalind Raddatz
Part of the Rethinking International Development Series book series (RID)


The terrorist attacks on the US in 2001 precipitated a new era of securitization of foreign aid. To differing extents, all of the country cases in this volume have increasingly linked their aid budgets with security concerns since then, albeit unevenly. Our goal has been to develop an enhanced understanding of this trend. However, as the contributors have individually and collectively demonstrated, nuance and context-specificity are vital. Even for a single donor government, generalizations can be difficult to make across institutions and programmes. Moreover, because of the variations between the cases, not all of our findings apply equally to all of them. Though we cannot offer facile assessments or easy answers, we hope to provide the reader with a broader perspective and heightened appreciation of the issues.


Security Concern Donor Country Human Security Institutional Innovation Fragile State 
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  • Stephen Brown
  • Jörn Grävingholt
  • Rosalind Raddatz

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