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Self-interest: the strongest driving force of aid work

August 30, 2021
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This review was first published by SvD.

David Nilsson, researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, shares his opinion on the new book “A dizzy task: Sweden and aid 1945-1975” (En svindlande uppgift: Sverige och biståndet 1945-1975) by Annika Berg and Mattias Tydén.

“A well-organised development in the third world was considered to be a wise investment during the childhood of international aid work in the 1940s and 50s. Despite humanitarian reasons, the fear of hordes of poor people seems to have been the heaviest motivation, according to the new book “A dizzy task”.