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Does aid to Africa do more harm than good?
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By DeeDee 652 Pts
Some say yes, calling foreign aid a form of neo-colonialism that does not alleviate poverty, but in fact perpetuates it.
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  • The way it's being carried out now, yes. While people may have good intentions with it, sending them supplies, food, and tech and stuff does very little good. It doesn't teach them to be self-reliant and learn how to do this stuff on their own, and second, a lot of crime lords and governments over there will often just seize it anyways.

    The two best ways we can help them are as follows:
    1) Teach them how to rebel against their current tyrannical governments
    2) Teach them how to create modern technology and agriculture.

    What we're doing now is essentially just causing the ones in power to be wealthier since they just seize anything we send them. Giving the people knowledge, however, cannot be seized.
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    "Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal."
    -Albert Camus, Notebook IV
  • SharkySharky 97 Pts
    Sending "humanitarian" aid to Africa and to other areas of the Third World that have demonstrated an inability to provide for themselves or to progress as civilizations is tantamount to throwing 50-lb. bags of Purina Cat Chow into feral cat colonies every day. If that sounds harsh it's because it is harsh. The populations may not starve if the people in power actually allow them to have the aid but the problem will only be compounded in the long run as the population grows out of control. Enabling the creation of exponentially more people who are totally dependent on charity and handouts is never a solution. We recognize this with animals but when it comes to people, we recoil in horror when the same exact conclusion is reached. Why? The problem should be addressed in this order: 1) Population control, 2) Food production, 3) Education, and 4) the overhaul and reform of civil society. 
    MayCaesar
  • MayCaesarMayCaesar 1793 Pts
    Charity does have the inherent issue that it dis-incentivises people from learning to be self-reliant. Dependency on someone or something, while able to increase one's productivity, also creates a problem in that the one loses the ability to control their own future - and once the entity they depend on is taken away, their entire world crumbles.

    That said, certain forms of charity are much more likely to lead to the positive outcome, than others. Recall the saying: "If you want to feed a man for a day, give him fish. If you want to feed a man for a lifetime, give him a fishing pole".

    Bill Gates chooses the right approach here: he founds and funds African schools, hospitals and cheap IT technology. He invests in human capital, so, instead of consuming, people learn to produce. Then those people will take positions in the African governments and push them towards reformation, based on the knowledge they have acquired. The former colonies can follow the footsteps of developed nation and, eventually, themselves become developed.
  • AlofRIAlofRI 247 Pts
    If WE don't do it China will … and IS! 
    In the end THAT WILL do U.S. harm! Russia used that tactic with Cuba and a few other places. It's dangerous for those countries to be allowed to get a foothold, get the necessary natural resources that WE also need … just because they were nice enough to give help where help was needed. International kindness can be an investment with a massive return in the end. THEY know it! We used to, in the years BT.
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