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Global Aid Versus Tied Aid

Statistics from the The United Nations (UN) Human Development Report (HDR), 2005. Published annually in association with the UN Development Program.

Quotes and a chart now added to my page "Which Countries Set the Best Examples? A Comparison of Global Aid" by Vexen Crabtree 2005:

The countries that give aid most generously to developing countries are Norway, Luxembourg and Denmark, followed by Sweden and the Netherlands. These five small countries are the most generous in the world.

Out of the richest developed countries, the USA and Italy are least generous, persued rapidly by Japan which has fallen to third-from bottom in the last year due to a continued reduction in it's aid.

The United Nations Report analyses how to make aid-giving worthwhile and usable and does not just concentrate on quantity of aid. There are factors which reduce the usability of aid, including corruption and unpredictability of aid quantities. Yes, "perhaps the most egregious undermining of efficient aid is the practice of tying financial transfers to the purchase of services and goods from the donating countries." This kind of "tied" aid is selfish and counterproductive.

The most generous countries are also the ones that do not tend to tie aid to their own products and services. The stingiest countries also, almost spitefully and nastily, force countries to buy their own services and products with the aid they give; which reduces free trade and commerce and harms the countries economy, as well as being simply selfish and conceited. Thankfully, many countries do not tie their aid. Countries that tie less than 10% of aid include Ireland, Norway and the UK, then Belgium, Finland, Switzerland and Sweden. The USA is the worst, and ties nearly 90% of it's aid to developing countries. Italy is the second worst with 70%. The two worst countries for this obnoxious practice in aid-giving are also the two countries out of the most developed countries, who give least generously!

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Do your figures merely relate to government-supplied aid or do they include private aid [voluntarily given via charities, churches, educational foundations and other non-state philanthropic bodies] ??

And what about aid-in-kind [things like military hardware or "technical advisers" supplied directly by governments to other governments]. You think the Afghans *bought* their Kalashnikovs?

Personally I'm deeply cynical about "state aid" funded from taxation. It generally ends up being used as a political tool.

1. The text on the page contains further information about the actual statistics, and links to the United Nations document that contains an in-depth and critical analysis of global aid. The plain stats given include both private and government aid.

It will include "technical advisers" and the like as long as they are on a paid wage. I don't know how to take account of skilled workers working voluntarily, or even if reliable information is available consistently across developing countries for that type of aid.

State aid is frequently "safe", and many international bodies including the United Nations Development Program keep close tabs on "how political" and how tied aid is to state interests and pressures.

The amount of "tied aid" is one such indicator of how "political" aid can be, from certain countries. The UK, for example, is very good with donating no-strings-attached aid, whereas the USA is the worst.

No, the report does not include any private aid at all. Which is unsurprising given that it's from the UN.

The US is the biggest private aid donor in the world.

I think you make my point admirably.

From Anonymous 7

(Anonymous)
And you don't think the UN has their own agenda??? And why are you trusting the UN for anything??? They are as corrupt or more corrupt than the "worst" countries you listed. As far as I'm concerned, we should get rid of the UN. Don't me why ... you will not like or agree with my answer.

From Anonymous 7

(Anonymous)
You list the United States as one of the "worst." Why is it then when any country in the world is some sort of "trouble," they look to the US for help? And, pretty much of the time, we are right there! The US is the greatest country in the world. Not perfect, but the greatest!

Re: From Anonymous 7

(Anonymous)
what is the evidence that another country has request help directly from the united states of america oh your so great country. Korea in the korean war, did not request your countries help, just your weapons and you go and run the place with military institutions remaining in south korea maintaining a level of conflict between north and south

and iraq, i am sure that the iraq has directly requested your help, or rather they have your inferred help. you just go bust a move and beat down their door and go you guys need help bam baMm. the people of iraq now request that troops leave the country however you still remain..whats with that?
also whats with the politica intrusion of trade rights with countries such as cameroonr where the US has intervened with trading rights votes and bascially insisted that they vote with the US or all trade ties will be cut. may i also mention that it was due to tied aid in the first place that these countries are under the whim of the USA

oh your country truly is the greatest manipulator congratulations and looking forward to giant indian's from space ships coming to pwn your asS! [now dane cook, he truly is a great american]

all in all...american instutitions suck ~ the people are fine

Re: From Anonymous 7

(Anonymous)
Yes, probably America has some "ways" I don't agree with. But looking at all the other countries in the world, I wouldn't trade the Good Old U.S. for none of them. And, besides, we have the most kick-ass military in the world and I'm proud of them. Also, we have saved a lot of countries with our kick-ass military with no thanks at all (i.e., France (World War II) ... they could be speaking German right now if it wasn't for us). Also, our military, basically, is VERY kind, but tough. Great men and women in uniform with the BEST training! Gotta love'em!

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