Aid in Times of Crisis, the Crisis of Aid


Aid is still regarded as an important instrument for human development, nationally and internationally. Yet, the nature of aid, its structuring and implementation has changed considerably in recent years. It has been increasingly integrated into the financial and economic system, giving rise to a thriving new industry dealing in „social bonds“ and „social business“, thus in social profiteering. The focus is on resilience, efficiency, immediacy as opposed to solidarity, human rights and profound structural change. Based on research in a dozen countries on four continents, the novelist and essayist Ilija Trojanow described these wide-ranging changes as well as some sucessful examples of substantial and sustainable transformation.

Ilija Trojanow is an auhor, translator and publisher. From January till June 2019 he is a Visiting Fellow at the IWM.