Strategies To Reduce Uneven Development - Types of Aid


Short Term

Emergency help usually in response to a natural disaster such as a flood or an earthquake

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Long Term

Sustainable aid that seeks to improve resilience, e.g. wells to reduce the effects of drought, or improvements to agriculture

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Richer governments give money to an international organisation such as the World Bank, which then redistributes the money as aid to poorer countries

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Aid from one country to another (often tied)

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Aid may be given with certain conditions e.g. that the recipient has to spend the aid money on the donor country's products

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Money donated by the general public in richer countries and distributed by NGOs such as Oxfam

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Limitations of Aid

Sometimes the aid can be wasted by corrupt governments

Projects can fail when money runs out or if there isn't enough local knowledge and support

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