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". This is a report of a theoretical, conceptual, and even ideological nature. Reading the explanatory statement gives one the impression that we are living in an idyllic world. This world can be divided into ‘donors’ and beneficiaries of the philanthropy of these ‘donors’. Nevertheless, the ‘donors’ should be accountable to their taxpayers, which would impose conditions – and rightly so – on their capacity to provide aid. This is why in this world, there is a real need to ensure that this aid is not misused and why the concept of ‘good governance’ was introduced by the World Bank in 1991, with a definition of its main aspects. Both the Commission communication and the critical assessment made in this report (extending the idea beyond the sphere of the State, which is seen simply as the ‘supplier’ to ‘civil society’), consider ‘good governance’ to be a terminological concept which is more pragmatic than that of democracy, for example, and that this concept should underpin the EU’s development policy. The real world is far from idyllic, however. There are opposing interests in conflict with one another, and no amount of ‘good governance’ can conceal the scant importance attached to cooperation in the entire range of Community policies, the absence of any concept of solidarity or respect for what is ‘different’, and the constant presence of conditionality, which imposes economic and social models. We therefore feel that this report is dangerous, because it portrays the world as those acting in good faith would like it to be or could be and not as it is."@en1

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