Starting up a business has to be with a targeted group of people in mind. Foreign aid does no such thing as hurting the local economy. Majority of recipients of foreign aid live in rural areas where the only logical business to start is food based businesses and materials for farming and for furniture and stuff like that. Clothes are too expensive that only people in the towns and cities can afford to buy frequently. And also most recepients of aid will have been affected by some kind of disaster that affected their way of life. People who have not been affected are too proud to take it anyway. So it is not like the aid that goes to places like Africa is done without a targeted group of people. To be against aid is just unreasonable.
@Smoothing "People who have not been affected are too proud to take it anyway."The amount of people living off of government handouts makes me doubt that statement."To be against aid is just unreasonable."Nothng unreasonable about money being spent on your own people, instead of others abroad.
To for aid when there is poverty in your own country is just insanity..
Clearly you have never been to or if you have, you have never been observant of the life standards in countries that receive aid. Also your argument make me think that you have the view that people on government handouts don't deserve it. And by the way. Government handouts are not really handouts. If you look deep into it.
@Smoothing "Clearly you have never been to or if you have, you have never been observant of the life standards in countries that receive aid."-Why should I care about those countries to begin with?And you'd be correct on most people living off of handouts not deserving it.
@ThisDudeHere so if you happen to be in a bad situation, would you want me to help you?
@Smoothing A next door neighbour helping their neighbour when they are in a tough spot is perfectly normal.In what case should he want his money to go to someone 20,000km away to someone he doesn't know?Development schemes are much better than aid, this is why China's influence over Africa will triumph yours.
Anyway @ThisDudeHere my question still stands. If you happen to be in a bad situation, would you want me to help you?
@Smoothing by all means but I would not be offended if you didn't because it is your choice in the end.
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Because without the resources from those so called nations that need to grow up, western countries wouldn't have any "handouts" to give. As much as those countries are looked down up on, their natural resources is the reason as to why a kid in America can play a play station or a person can use a mobile phone and for a long time those natural resources have been obtained at the expense of lives
@Smoothing So a Quid pro Quo, and we get their resources at a 'discount' by paying the evil Warlords, and Authoritarian/Fascist ones this "Aid"? Any reliable sources that back up this? Maybe New York Times, or some real source, rather than just Internet, maybe "Fake News" like so much, today!
True but at the same time, they're luring the Africans (and others) into debt traps.
The West could have done the same and not lead them into debt traps but they're too afraid of being seen as "economically colonizing" Africa
@disgustonweebtrash. China is actually helping develop Africa at a very high cost to the Africans. Besides putting Africa in debt, there are some Chinese who are running a web of scamming activities making the Africans even poorer. They have never taken the initiative to invest in training for the Africans regardless of the fact that they are setting up businesses in African countries. Also they tend to import their own workers. When you consider all that, @ThisDudeHere would be right.
@Smoothing Then why don't you develop Africa at not a high cost? Why are you so afraid of economically investing into the African economy."Importing their own workers"Why are you racist and against immigration from China to Africa?
I must have touched a spot considering your reaction
Take some time and rethink your approach in replying
I don't really care. I don't really think you are racist.But I know what your response would be if someone was to impose tighter immigration laws for protectionism around European workers vs stealing skilled labour from lesser developed countries.You would shout that sentiment down as racist even though you appear to be against Chinese people emigrating to African countries and working there.
I am not against Chinese immigration. I am against a faction of Chinese business owners who smuggle Chinese labourers into African countries instead of employing some of the Africans. Obviously The highly skilled construction workers are a different case and they legitimately employ highly skilled Chinese who can do the job. If you took your emotions out of the conversation, you would make sound arguments as opposed to making accusations that have no basis
@Smoothing I don't see a problem with that, if the Chinese labourers work cheaper than the native populace, what's the issue? The same gets told here in the West, people who come work cheaper so if 1 is good and 1 is bad i'm rather confused. Would you support a case for these African countries to pass protectionist legislation saying that these Chinese businesses must employ Africans and not import Chinese labour?
The key word here is smuggle. Read my previous comment again.
And also on what universe has a Chinese labourer been much cheaper than an African labourer?
@Smoothing I'm gonna ask for a source on that smuggle claim because that's a very strong claim to make, I would appreciate it however if you did answer the previous question asked, or was it not understood?
Maybe the Chinese labourers are more skilled than the African labourers. Why would they employ unskilled labour when they can "smuggle" skilled labour?
If you can take time and watch African news channels on you tube or even Google some African news papers, that might help you get the full picture.
And yes it might be a strong claim but I am of dual nationality and one of my nationality is of an African country so I pay a lot of attention to what happens in Africa. And also in the West where my other nationality is.