This paper explores the dynamics of competition inherent in the “aid marketplace” in Afghanistan and proposes a holistic theoretical framework for understanding the actions of aid actors based on a taxonomy of mercenary (rational), missionary (altruistic), and misfit (bureaucratic) pressures, which both aggravate and lessen competition between actors.
Competition in the Aid Marketplace in Afghanistan: Mercenaries, Missionaries, and Misfits
Matthew Willner-Reid is an international development consultant and researcher. He has worked in Afghanistan for the European Union and as a research consultant, and holds a doctorate in International Development from the University of Oxford. Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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Matthew Willner-Reid; Competition in the Aid Marketplace in Afghanistan: Mercenaries, Missionaries, and Misfits. Asian Survey 1 December 2018; 58 (6): 1016–1041. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2018.58.6.1016
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