Although aid is usually helpful to a country in need, the type of aid can affect a country's recovery. What are the arguments for and against different forms of aid?
- International aid provision is a source of much debate.
- Many argue that less economically developed countries should be independent of more economically developed countries.
- Arguments for aid: it saves lives in the aftermath of disasters and it can force long-term progress, e.g. Afghanistan is provided with conditions to improve female education.
- Arguments against aid: it can be misused and misdirected and conditional aid is sometimes political and unethical.
Countries receive international aid to help them in times of extreme need.
Emergency aid provides short-term assistance in the aftermath of disasters.
Development aid is allocated for broader, longer-term sustainable support.
But international aid provision is a source of much debate.
Arguments For Aid
Emergency aid can save lives after catastrophes.
Haiti, January 2010
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