‘International aid’ is an accepted form of helping ‘resource-challenged’ nations. Comment on ‘ethics in contemporary international aid’. Support your answer with suitable examples.

Model Answer


International aid refers to the transfer of capital, goods or services from a country or international agency for the benefit of the recipient.


Ethics in contemporary international aid.

To increase the wisdom of general mass- education aid by Global Partnership for Education and UNESCO have supported Chad.

  • To preserve human dignity, Ethiopia was helped by the World Food Programme to combat hunger and malnutrition.
  • To realise the ideal of Universal brotherhood, E.g., Vaccine Maitri campaign by India.

Limitations of International aid.

  • Dependency and Lack of Self-Reliance: Over-reliance on foreign aid can inhibit the country’s ability to develop on its own. Eg. African Nations.
  • Means vs. ends of Aid: Lyndon B Johnson used PL-480 scheme to shape India’s opinion of Vietnam War. It acted as a tool of US foreign policy.

Corruption and Misappropriation: Saddam Hussein’s regime manipulated the distribution of humanitarian aid, diverting it for political and personal gain.


Conclusively, foreign aid should be done with ethical intent and distributed amongst the beneficiaries effectively.

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