What is the point of aid?
How can aid have any meaningful short or long term effects in the following environment.
Country's like Zimbabwe formally Rhodesia use to be called the food basket of Africa. Look at it now the people who use to run the farms were driven off by Mugabe and the land lies idle.
Giving people minimal food, who have no means of supporting themselves otherwise, but have the ability of children, is just snowballing the problem.
Not all aid is equal some is effective, some is not, some comes in the form of sustenance and some in the forms of helping the suffering improve their circumstances like education.
Some will undoubtedly work, but it will be a minority as the main aim is to alleviate symptoms, not cure the problem.
Aid is not good for a countries pride, that they are seen as unable to cope themselves gives a sense of hopelessness.
Some criticisms of aid, are that is:
Who causes these catastrophes, do countries bring it on themselves?
Unless one country directly caused another countries problems, they are not responsible for their problems and therefore have no obligation to give to the other country.
If country A has no control over the activities of country B, Country A is not responsible for what happens in country B.
A question to ask in terms of responsibility, if a parent cannot support child why do they have them? Both in developed and non-developed countries. It is a form of child abuse.
Private individuals can give aid, it is not governments responsibility to do so.
Aid is completely moral and just if it is given voluntarily, however, large portions of it are given by governments that confiscate the money off its citizens.
Also not all aid is equal
If that is the case the U.K should charge Italy, Norway, Spain and France for any damage done to the UK by the Romans, the Vikings, the Spanish Armada and William the Conqueror.
Some say that U.K must give aid to atone for its history of colonialism
Trade not aid
More people have been raised out of poverty in the last 20 years through opening up trade than aid has ever done.
There are a multitude of examples, from China to Brazil and Vietnam to name just a few. No poor country which has become rich achieved it without trade.
Is the population too high to sustain?
Is there a possibility of voluntary population control like birth control?
China has tackled too high population growth successfully.
One of the primary reasons for growth in prosperity in Europe and the far East has been family sizes shrinking to more appropriate sizes.
Can technology like GM crops help?
Why don't countries co-ordinate aid?
Aid with conditions.
There is a simple criteria we can apply to overseas aid. If the balance of trade is in the developing countries favour, then we are, through trade, supporting that country.
Aid is something personal and should not be the governments duty, instead all aid money should be given to NGO's (non-government) OR to the poor directly.
Nations, as with people in general, should learn to stand on their own two feet.
Agencies who give to the poor don't get taxed on their earnings, but the poor that recive this money get taxed on their income. that seems a little inconsistent.
"I am against foreign aid for everyone, Foreign aid is taking money from poor people in a rich country and giving it rich people in poor countries."
-- Ron Paul
"We wouldn't like people to prop up a dictator in our country, so why do we do it to other countries"
-- Ron Paul
“Africa is addicted to aid,” she says. “Like any addict, it needs and depends on its regular fix, finding it hard, if not impossible, to contemplate existence in an aid-less world.”
-- Author Dambisa Moyo (Dead Aid)