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Should the West give development aid?
The West should give development aid.
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.
Aid is the easiest and best way to allow countries in the Global South to get access to the capital flows needed in order to develop.
The West has a moral and historical responsibility to support development in the
due to its colonial past, unfair trade policies and financial capacity.
Development aid contributes into the overall stability of the recipient region and peaceful interaction between groups in the Global South.
Western citizens have no inherent obligation to provide for other regions of the world. Aid, which uses tax payers' money, is illegitimate as it does not return benefits to the people that pay for it.
Development aid reduces the developing nation's government's accountability to its own citizens in exchange for accountability to donor nations.
Aid causes dependency upon the West and removes the incentive to create a self-sufficient economy in recipient countries.
We should start with "doing no harm". For instance, resources put into slowing climate change which most severely impacts the developing world will do more good than direct aid.
Development aid has had little to no effect in many of countries which have been allocated a significant amount of it.
Development aid fosters corruption within the recipient country and strengthens local elites.
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