Do wealthy countries have an ethical obligation to provide financial assistance to poor countries

Do wealthy countries have an ethical obligation to provide financial assistance to poor countries

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No. As long as we did not cause harm to their country, let it develop on their own. I forget where I saw this, and I shall try to look for it, but financial aid to Africa is hindering its development because it is allowing them to reap benefits without working and it causes corruption and the money is not actually spent how it should be and it just a negative rather than the intended positive. The historical emergence of a sense of obligation by the world’s developed countries to provide assistance to the poorer countries when they are in dire need, and the frequent action on this sense of obligation. The argument gains strength as the responsibility for problems grows although, importantly, responsibility is clearly not a requirement for assistance to be provided Thus  a strong case for aid from the global rich to the global poor has a solid foundation  not only in the corpus of ethical reasoning but also in international practice and in  new international instruments, as shown by, among other issues, the cases of  disaster, famine, and environmental AIDS/HIV Modern medical intervention The extent of this problem presents profound moral and ethical Over the last century or more, there has been a gradual shift in global attitudes  toward reducing suffering among the world’s poor. Governments have come to regard many forms of international assistance as the  right thing to do when famine strikes, governments and citizens of the developed countries  generally recognize that they ought to respond because they have a surplus of  food and the means to. The degree to which assistance is provided varies, of  course, but few would argue that the starving should be ignored. Similar feelings  of duty in the developed world arise with regard to natural disasters and adverse  environmental changes, among other issues, and governments of the rich  countries (and indeed many of their private citizens and nongovernmental  groups) respond accordingly with increasing frequency, robustness, and speed. 
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This note was uploaded on 08/16/2010 for the course PSY psy3240 taught by Professor Prof.celestehill during the Spring '10 term at Long Island U..

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Do wealthy countries have an ethical obligation to provide financial assistance to poor countries

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