Title
Fairness concerns about poverty relief : the case of Médecins Sans Frontières in Kinshasa Fairness concerns about poverty relief : the case of Médecins Sans Frontières in Kinshasa
Author
Faculty/Department
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Publication type
report
Publication
Antwerp , [*]
Subject
Economics
Source (series)
Research paper / UFSIA, Faculty of Applied Economics ; 1999:031
Volume/pages
36 p.,
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
If, as is contended in the social security literature, a policy for the poor is a poor policy, a final judgment of poverty programs crucially depends on the effects such programs may have on the behaviour of different actors. Assuming that these are to a significant extent determined by concerns of fairness rather than by economic interests, the argument is made to look at a poverty program as an interaction between different concepts of justice. The particular case we look at, a food emergency program organized and financed by the Belgian NGO Médicins sans Frontières-Artsen Zonder Grenzen in Kinshasa, suggests indeed that the importance of local standards of fairness in the sphere of food is seriously underestimated, even if the intervention is clearly designed as a purely humanitarian answer to an exceptional calamity.
Full text (open access)
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/irua/816073/f3e371b9.pdf
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