Aiding the World's Poor

Roger C. Riddell

in Giving Well

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199739073
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855872 | DOI:
Aiding the World's Poor

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This chapter provides a comprehensive overview of the aid landscape, including a detailed discussion of the social, economic, and political factors that prevail and that influence the effectiveness of global aid. A number of factors are identified that explain why international aid efforts fail to meet the growing needs of the global poor. The chapter concludes that for donor countries to meet their moral obligations to poor countries, they must identify more clearly the complexity of the problem and the challenges to delivering aid. For aid to work, it must be given to countries committed to and capable of using it effectively, with transparent systems and leadership that is accountable to its citizens. Poor countries characterized by conflict and civil unrest, turbulence, and unpredictability are unlikely to benefit from aid.

Keywords: aid effectiveness; donor states; global poor; humanitarian aid; international aid; philanthropy

Chapter.  9189 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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