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Nik Gill

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Can first world countries spend their overseas aid budgets more effectively?

On March 20th 2013, Great Britain's government firmly backed a legislation that would ensure that 0.7% (~£11 Billion) of Gross National Income will be spent on Overseas Aid.

With many skeptics feeling that this money is often wasted or better spent in more important areas, how would you like to see this money spent to change the perception that International Aid isn't effective?

Myself and Maddy Nash would love to hear your thoughts!


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  • Apr 2 2013: I was born and brought up in Kenya, yes aid is generally never effective, in most cases aid is a way of ruining countries and stealing funds. So far till date the 2 trillion dollars poured in has made little difference. The trick here is to let the poor just be, they shall come up with their own methods to come out of it.

    Think of the many ways in which this has happened, it also allows for the poor to evolve, this is where the idea of persistent and diligent work can turn the poor around to middle income earners. Let the aid pouring nations figure this out, I mean they can figure out how to send men on to the moon then why can't they figure out why aid doesn't work??
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      Apr 2 2013: Hi Kunal,

      Thank you for entering the conversation. It's nice to hear yet another view from someone who is from a different part of the world and can bring another perspective.

      Although you have witnessed first hand that aid has not been effective where you grew up, do you not feel that although it's up to each country to solve their poverty issues, they may still require assistance from others (whether this is in the form of money or not) in executing their 'escape plan' into a better quality of life?

      Maybe there is not necessarily a 'yes' or 'no' answer to this. Perhaps it will depend on the individual situation of the country? What do you think?

      Thanks Kunal!
      • Apr 3 2013: If the country seeking aid is really making an effort then it might be worth sending in monetary and other forms of aid, if they are not making any progress then it is time to stop. The US has sent in over 2 trillion dollars till date over the past 50 years to different african countries, many of them have not really developed and the money has all gone in vain.
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          Apr 3 2013: Hi Kunal,

          So to Maddy's point below, it's less of a question on whether aid is needed but how to distribute it in the right way? (as you've indicated that quite a substantial amount of money has been waste in the past etc.)

          Thanks Kunal!

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