chapter  2
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CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON FOREIGN AID

Forty years of foreign aid experience have provided ample opportunity for both praise and blame. Aid recipients often dislike the PX-privileged Americans with their lavish spending habits and envy-provoking behavior in LDC cities. Even more suspect are American aid technicians in rural areas where their natural curiosity often turns up discrepancies and contradictions in government programs (Montgomery, 1962:178). As one might surmise, praise of the program is not extensive and usually limited to visible technical aspects, such as roads, dams and airports. Criticism, however, flows profusely from at least four ideological stances.