The Politics of Being an Aid Recipient
The Christian Science Monitor writes that some countries "don't want the "deserving poor" label - and the associated baggage of colonial paternalism. They prefer a more dynamic, self-reliant image." The article notes that Thailand "is turning down Europe's offers of debt relief for fear it could hurt its credit rating." As far as the donor countries go, Bill Roggio has an excellent post at the fourth rail about the psychology of disaster relief donations.