13 Facts About Aid


Aid can be classified according to the terms agreed upon by the donor and receiving countries.

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Aid given is generally intended for use by a specific end.

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Aid is often pledged at one point in time, but disbursements might not arrive until later.

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Aid is "stovepiped" towards narrow, short-term goals relating to particular programs or diseases such as increasing the number of people receiving anti-retroviral treatment, and increasing distribution of bed nets.

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Aid can involve inflows of money to poor countries that have some similarities to inflows of money from natural resources that provoke the resource curse.

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Aid can take the pressure off and delay the painful changes required in the economy to shift from agriculture to manufacturing.

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In November 2012, a spoof charity music video was produced by a South African rapper named Breezy V The video "Africa for Norway" promoting "Radi-Aid" was a parody of Western charity initiatives like Band Aid which, he felt, exclusively encouraged small donations to starving children, creating a stereotypically negative view of the continent.

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Aid is seldom given from motives of pure altruism; for instance it is often given as a means of supporting an ally in international politics.

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Aid's alternative, called the "Searchers" approach, uses a bottom up strategy.

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Aid believes, for several reasons, that aid to small "bottom up" organizations and individual groups is a better philosophy than to large governments.

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Aid surmises that if donor and recipient countries follow the plan, they will be able to climb out of poverty.

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Aid contends that this hurdle in government should not disqualify entire populations for much needed aid from the west.

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Aid cites the lack of correlation between the average degrees of Economic Freedom in countries and their yearly GDP growth, which in his data set is completely inconclusive.

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