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Extra info for The Foreign Aid Regime: Gift-Giving, States and Global Dis/Order
The mandates system, established by Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations, cemented the compromise that was reached. Within this system, the former colonies and territories of the defeated empires were entrusted to ‘advanced nations’ (mostly France and Britain) that, taking into account the stage of development of the people, were considered the best candidates to exercise a ‘tutelage’ over them (League of Nations 1919: art. 22, paras 2 and 3, emphasis added). As ‘mandatories’ of the League, the entrusted powers would allow international monitoring of their own administration by reporting every year to the Permanent Mandates Commission (art.
Furthermore, additional attention needs to be given to the careful consideration of the peculiar, fragmented and complex context within which foreign aid practices unfold and which they contribute to reshape. If, as I assume with other scholars, foreign aid is gift, it is so in a new, specific and not already encountered way. Therefore, its political practical productivity cannot be a priori reduced to any previous model but deserves to be addressed anew. 10 In the context of this productive line of thought, this study attempts to analyse foreign aid by drawing on Dean’s elaboration of the analytics of government.
It is also however the expression of a long-lasting attitude as well as the initial phase of a long history and a persisting narrative, according to which the other disappears from the working of the gift and loses its autonomy and identity. The ‘other’ is produced by and deduced from the self (2010a: 258,263) and it is shaped by the examples and values the giver is capable of transmitting through the moral value of their gesture. In this realm, the ethics of giving as exemplified by Seneca’s reflection will soon be superseded, as Hénaff has shown in his account, by the ‘more complete and powerful symbolic system’ provided by Christianity (2010a: 266).
The Foreign Aid Regime: Gift-Giving, States and Global Dis/Order by Annalisa Furia (auth.)