DRI, the Bard College Human Rights Project, and the Rift Valley institute hosted a conference titled “Development without Freedom? Justice, Human Rights, and Foreign Aid in Africa” on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at NYU’s Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life. A total of 460 people attended the event.
The international community provides aid, investment, and general budget support to governments of African countries, but fundamental human rights of individuals in the recipient nations are often dismissed. The conference involved discussion over the consequences of rights abuses for long-term development in Africa, and featured dissenting voices that do not often receive a hearing in international development forums.
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