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Should the West give development aid?
Development aid fosters corruption within the recipient country and strengthens local elites.
Development aid reduces the developing nation's government's accountability to its own citizens in exchange for accountability to donor nations.
Political and social conflicts often occur due to large societal inequalities. Aid, which primarily benefits a small part of the population, can contribute to deepen these inequalities.
Aid enables corruption due to the lack of control over where the money ends up, e.g Zambia.
Giving conditional aid, i.e. ear-marked aid for a specific sector or activities, bypasses corrupt governments.
Sometimes it is needed to provide aid to despotic regimes in order to save lives of the population suffering from that regime even if not the complete amount of aid will reach its destination.
Aid ensures that liberal ideas are implemented into policies as they are often a conditions for aid to be given, e.g. property rights, respect for human rights, etc.