Why the opposition to foreign aid?
Bill Gates can’t keep his frustrations on the increasing resistance of many rich countries to foreign aid at bay in his opinion piece for The New York Times. While it is natural for people not to invest in things they are convinced will not pay off, Gates said the argument that foreign aid does not work is “not convincing.”
Gates said child mortality over the past 50 years has gone down from 20 million to fewer than 8 million, and the proportion of people in poverty has also declined by more than half. All these are due in large part to aid-funded programs that buy vaccines and boost farmer productivity.
Gates believes in people’s generosity — the $2.1 billion donated to help famine victims in the Horn of Africa is a testament to that. He hopes, however, that some of that generosity could be converted into stronger support for foreign aid programs.
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