Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1974

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This latest edition of the Survey analyzes current economic and social developments in the region against the background of events in the world economy. It also focuses on the serios problems of growth and transformation of the area's least developed and Pacific Island developing economies.



Development assistance

Extension of aid has often been an arm of the foreign policy of the aid-giving country. It can equally well be an act of disinterested benevolence. It might be an expression of the continued interest of metropolitan countries in their former colonies which, since their independence, have embarked on their own path towards development. It might arise out of the enlightened long-range self-interest of the people of developed countries who inhabit a globe which is at present part-starved and part-opulent. It might be a soft option, compared with the slow dismantling of trade-restrictive policies which keep out the exports of developing countries. Various such strands have gone into the weaving of the pattern of development assistance that has evolved over the past two decades or so.


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