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Should the West give development aid?
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.
The West still has issues within its own borders in terms of homelessness, inequalities and unemployment which should be its priority to fix as it is of interest to the tax-paying population.
Since India and China are the
two main recepients
of development aid by the World Bank, development aid supports potential competitors to the West.
By providing aid it also secures the well-being of its own people.
Friendship, appreciation of generosity, reduction of isolation are potential benefits. It may also buy influence.
Providing aid to impoverished regions could reduce the risk of
and international terrorism, which could make the citizens of the donor nations safer.
Aiding the development of foreign regions can build alliances and profitable trading relationships. An example of this is
the aid provided by the United States after WWII.