My interest in this surrounded Indonesia and the article in Aljazeera “Feb 23, 2015 – Indonesian elementery students collect coins as a symbolic return of the Australian monetary aid to Aceh given during its 2004 tsunami …”
My initial thoughts were pure distaste for the Foreign Press and Government (I care little for both press and politicians) in that they allowed this mood swing amongst the population in Indonesia to occur.
What was at the heart of the whole argument was the death sentences imposed on the Bali 9. Clemency was being urged by Australia, they reminded Indonesia of Aid provided over the years… They used a financial torpedo to try and get these politicians (particularly a hamstrung Pres Jokowi) to stop this practice of death sentences.
What price a human life?
In Indonesia they do not care, simple.
The politicians are concerned not about human life or about their immediate neighboring countries, but themselves. As a simple gesture on corruption in Indonesia check this out ..
Hey what’s new?
I like the original KPK, it kicked arse but too many toes were trodden on… So Government now in decline. Goodbye Indonesia…..
Indonesian people do not even know that foreign aid is paid to the Government, by the developed Countries. Nor do they care about the pollution on neighboring Countries, through deforestation and they turn a blind eye to illegal logging and destruction of flora and fauna by their own. Mind you if you are a foreigner (bole’) then F.U.
Rules are changed, bad luck.
In 1970, the world’s rich countries agreed to give 0.7% of their GNI (Gross National Income) as official international development aid, annually. Note that their are technically ‘to be no strings attached” .. Untied…. as so eloquently put, in the International Development Strategy [Oct, 24 2007, The 2nd Decade].
Since that time, despite billions given each year, rich nations have rarely met their actual promised targets. I will not go into actual figures but congrats on the largest economy US ranking lowest in terms of meeting the stated 0.7% target.
Furthermore, aid has often come with a price of its own for the developing nations:
* Monies often wasted on conditions that the recipient must use overpriced goods and services from donor countries (yes a string but a biases one by donor).
* Most aid does not actually go to the poorest who would need it the most (hey thanks to those in power)
* Aid amounts are dwarfed by rich country protectionism that denies market access for poor country products, while rich nations use aid as a lever to open poor country markets to their products (yes mainly US of A).
* Large projects or massive grand strategies often fail to help the vulnerable, as money can often be embezzled away…… (Thank you politicians)
It is about time that Developed Countries (ignoring the World Bank and IMF) introduced a lot of strings.
Foreign aid has always come with certain donor expectations, but in the main no strings attached.
These can range from economic conditions to pressure to comply with international norms.
What are international norms?
From Wiki…. “Public international law (or international public law) concerns the treaty relationships between the nations and persons which are considered the subjects of international law. Norms of international law have their source in either:
* custom, or customary international law (consistent state practice accompanied by opinio juris),
* globally accepted standards of behavior (peremptory norms known as jus cogens or ius cogens), or
* codifications contained in conventional agreements, generally termed treaties.
Whoa…. Indonesians arrogance (with Australia on the initial matter of the Aid Fund repatriations and please go and search Google “Aceh Province problems”). This applies to other third world Countries as well and their non commitment on proper governance and arrogance on all these points also.
As I said, politicians and the press do not give a flying f@ck, as long as the monies keep on coming in…. Love to see a free bipartisan free press…. Non corrupt politicians … A truly free democracy.
Money talks and bullshit walks
Put a lot of strings on the money and the bullshit may stop!!!