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In an effort to win over local "hearts and minds" in Iraq and Afghanistan is the US militarising its foreign aid? That is the claim of aid groups working on the ground.
They say that development projects are increasingly being implemented by the military and or civilian military contractors and that this new strategy dangerously blurs the line between projects undertaken to achieve a political goal and those undertaken to advance long-term development.
Aid agencies say the policy is reckless and puts their mission and the lives of their staff at risk.
On Wednesday's Riz Khan we ask: Is foreign aid becoming a military tool and if so, what does that mean for aid workers on the ground and the people they help?
Joining the conversation is George Rupp, the president of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a non-governmental organisation that provides emergency relief and refugee assistance in some 42 countries.
Also joining the show is Jeff Grieco, the chief of external affairs for International Relief and Development (IRD), the largest non-profit implementer of US foreign assistance. IRD works closely with the US state Department, U.S.A.I.D. and the department of defence.
This episode of the Riz Khan show aired from Wednesday, December 30.
Source: Al Jazeera