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This is exactly what explains the geopolitical drives in shaping the world of development aid.Questions on whether the U.S. go to war with Iran or not, tensions between Russia and Ukraine, the different contradicting stands of powerful states in Syria's war among other ones, are all international issues that are explained by geopolitical drives and the relation between politics and territory, leading to the shape and reshape of the world.How is all that reflecting on the international development aid of nations?This explains how development aid is directed by geopolitical considerations and not based on clear humanitarian need and planning strategy.Today, after the end of the Cold War, the decolonization, the independence and democratization of most world nations, along with the rise of capitalism and globalization and its impact on the development of nations, international aid took a transformational trend from a philanthropic aspect to a more of a developmental one, based on the changing needs of the so-called developing countries. Nevertheless, the recent anxieties over global security and "war on terrorism" have again re-defined new geopolitical challenges leading international donors and aid agencies to also redirect their funding to countries of strategical political interest, while shifting their aid priorities from humanitarianism and sustainable development to international security and "peace". All these geopolitical challenges that are behind the shift of priorities justify how development aid is "politically" driven and used at the end of the day as a tool to support donors' countries welfare and interests and not that of the recipient countries in need, which contradicts the humanitarian purpose of aid itself.
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