Global health and national borders: the ethics of foreign aid in a time of financial crisis

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The governments and citizens of the developed nations are increasingly called upon to contribute financially to health initiatives outside their borders. Although international development assistance for health has grown rapidly over the last two decades, austerity measures related to the 2008 and 2011 global financial crises may impact negatively on aid expenditures. The competition between national priorities and foreign aid commitments raises important ethical questions for donor nations. This paper aims to foster individual reflection and public debate on donor responsibilities for global health.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19
JournalGlobalization and Health
Publication statusPublished - 2012