Niccolò Machiavelli once said, “The reason there will be no change is because the people who stand to lose from change have all the power; and the people who stand to gain from change have none of the power.” This especially stands and vividly represents the global aid system today. The foreign aid system donates to thousands at an attempt to give back. We constantly give to countries in extreme poverty and who suffer from homelessness. So not exactly the devils work. But what organizations like TOMS shoes forget is, in these underdeveloped countries people do make shoes. There are people who farm and create what gets donated through the aid system. So after these things are given to the people for free, the motivation to purchase these diminishes.
America has 564,708 homeless people. 300,000 veterans will be homeless for a years time. While we struggle with putting a roof over the heads of our nations heroes, America still finds the need to give large amounts of foreign aid to underdeveloped countries. This funding then creates a dependency on those resources and gives the thought that these people cannot provide for themselves. This is considerably false. Countries like Africa have a large amount of valuable natural resources that can be incredibly helpful to increase profit. In 2010 Haiti experienced a record breaking earthquake that sent tragedy through this little country. Foreign aid saved thousands of people. But now almost 6 years later, they’re still getting the same amount of resources from the U.S. Is this aid still needed? Or do the people depend on the aid now? Needed aid turns into unneeded aid because of the constant charity enables the country to rebuild itself. The farmers there are out of business due to the incredible amounts of iodized rice sent in from the U.S. Something that used to be a luxury has now lost its value.
It has been a constant conversation as to if foreign aid is helping the countries or not. The topic has taken a turn on social media and in magazines and newspapers. Although the topic of completely eliminating foreign aid is a different issue. Normally people will agree that the system needs some adjusting to improve the way we help others. Or even that our own people deserve the resources over people in other countries. But without a doubt, the system needs some updating to successfully help the people in need. If we could provide the homeless Americans with institutional training needed to run their own businesses then more people can save themselves through entrepreneurship. The most beneficial way to help people is to teach them how to help themselves. A lot of people in not just America but foreign countries too, struggle with how to give themselves work if they cannot find it. Teaching the fundamentals of startup business could save thousands of people from being homeless and in poverty. Obviously, this idea is quite the long shot but change starts with one person.
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