It has become a history practice for developed countries to give aid to developing countries. This international relations practice is both humanitarian as it is diplomatic. The aid can either be monetary, inform of services or materials such as goods.
International aid has helped alleviate extreme low standards of living in poor countries. This includes offering food donation to hunger stricken counties and other basic needs. It has also helped countries hit by natural calamities to overcome the problem.
Secondly, aid has helped cement and foster good diplomatic relationship between countries involved. As a result, the policy of giving aid to challenged countries has fostered good working relationship thus accelerating development.
On the other hand, there are serious concerns which have been raised with respect to giving aid to challenged countries. First is that this aid has failed to provide sustainable development in poor countries. It merely addresses short term goals and needs while casting a blind eye on long term needs.
Aid has also been used by developed countries to impose their ideologies to developing countries. Their aid has been said to be accompanied by conditions. As such, the aid has become a tool for manipulation and exploitation of the weaker nations.
According to Sachs J. and George B.N in their article, “Can Foreign Aid Reduce Poverty?” foreign aid has over the years been wasted by corrupt government officials of the recipient countries. Donating countries too have not been spared of claims of favoritism in giving out such aid.
It is therefore apparent that giving aid to poor countries though good intentioned, has had both negative and positive impacts. Concerned international community must find ways of correcting these challenges for better results.