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Development Aid

Currently the world is facing atrocities while poverty is on the rise due to worldwide conflicts, opposing opinions and failing democratic policies, unfair bullying tactics, and poor management, but several countries give development aid to spread the love.

We are all aware of Russia’s over a yearlong Ukraine bullying tactics that has meant as many as 354,000 Russian and Ukrainian soldiers have been killed or injured in the Ukraine war which is grinding towards a long-drawn-out conflict that may last well beyond 2023, according to a trove of purported U.S. intelligence documents posted online.

Allocation of funds from the USA is much higher than other countries. In fiscal year 2020 (October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2020), the US government allocated $51.05 billion US dollars in economic and military assistance to foreign lands. Of this total, $39.41 billion dollars was spent on economic assistance, $25.64 billion of which was dispersed by USAID.

The EU is collectively the biggest donor for international aid in the world, providing over € 50 billion a year to help overcoming poverty and advance global development. The chart above shows the level of economic assistance that the United Kingdom provides to the 10 biggest recipients of bilateral overseas development aid in 2021.

Brazil provides loans to developing countries, although it is not clear whether these can be categorized as development assistance. Brazil now has a real presence in the international aid landscape, alongside other G5 countries.

As an indicator, I have found data for Brazil from 1960 to 2019 which shows the average value Brazil has given during that period which was 275.3 million US dollars per annum with a minimum of -235.59 million US dollars in 1992.

Brazil gave out a maximum of 1.288 billion US dollars in 2012, and more than a billion US dollars in 2013 and 2015. In 2019 it was 290.23 million US dollars. In comparison the world average based on 131 countries was 840.02 million US dollars for the same period.

Aid means money given with no expectation of return i.e., to help other countries in need. By helping other countries, a good Samaritan deed is performed. Countries that support neighbors in need are your best neighbors to have.

Socially, it refers to the wide range of identities and doesn’t discriminate between race, origin, age, sexual orientation or religion.

President Lula of Brazil, who sees the bigger picture supports international aid.

Have a great day! Prof. Carl Boniface

Vocabular builder:

Long-drawn-out (prolonged, extended, lingering, lengthened, stretched, lengthy

Purported (adj) = supposed, claimed, alleged, professed, unsubstantiated

Good Samaritan a person who helps other people and especially strangers when they have trouble.

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