Donors' Responses to Arab Uprisings: Old Medicine in New Bottles?
Article first published online: 23 DEC 2011
© 2012 The Author. IDS Bulletin © 2012 Institute of Development Studies
Special Issue: The Pulse of Egypt's Revolt
Volume 43, Issue 1, pages 99–109, January 2012
How to Cite
Mustapha, Y. (2012), Donors' Responses to Arab Uprisings: Old Medicine in New Bottles?. IDS Bulletin, 43: 99–109. doi: 10.1111/j.1759-5436.2012.00296.x
- Issue published online: 23 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 23 DEC 2011
This article examines Western donors' reactions to the Arab uprisings and whether there has been a radical departure, since January 2011, from previous modes of engagement. It takes the EU and USA as case studies of the failure of aid policies to promote democracy prior to the uprisings, and questions whether a new approach has been adopted after the demise of Mubarak in Egypt. It argues that for the EU, positive conditionality is seen as a central element in reforming funding policies while for the USA, there seems to be no significant change in the funding policy. The highly restrictive political and cultural context affecting international agency has not changed after the ousting of the former regime, nor have the underlying factors influencing the direction of foreign funding in the region changed. In short, what this article concludes is that we are far from witnessing a paradigm shift.