Today, the world is becoming more and more closely linked. Trade has increased and the movement of people between countries is greater than ever before. However, billions of people still live in poverty, and in many places, the gap between rich and poor are widening. This essay will look at the arguments for and against helping poor countries.    

                 There are many reasons for helping poor countries. First of all, there are humanitarian reasons. Like individuals who give to charity, many countries feel it is their religious, social, or moral duty to help people in other countries who are suffering from food crisis, drought, war, or disease. However, many rich countries also donate money for political or diplomatic reasons. They want to maintain a relationship of dependency with the recipient, or simply to influence the government and direction of the country. A further reason why many countries help poorer ones is for economic reasons. The donors may want to control the supply of commodities such as oil, water, or wheat. Alternatively, the richer country may want to ensure markets for their own products, whether it’s computers or shoes.

                  However, aid is not necessarily the best way to help a country. For one thing, billions of dollars of aid often goes missing, into corrupt governments or inefficient administration. A second point is that many foreign aid projects are unsuitable for the target country. Many agencies build huge dams or industrial projects that fail after a few years or that do not involve the local people. Furthermore, much aid returns to the donor. This can be in the form of expensive specialized equipment and experts from the donor country.             

          There are many other ways we can help poor countries. Opening up trade barriers, so that poor countries can sell their goods is one way. Another is to remove subsidies so that imported goods from poorer countries can compete fairly. A third method is to forgive debts. Many poor countries have huge interest repayments on old loans. The needs of the poorer countries may seem obvious. However, although our humanity makes us want to help eliminate poverty and suffering, we must examine the real needs of poor countries and implement solutions that will benefit both them and us.                                          -Zain K. 

05/21/2011 16:45

I think rich countries should help the poor ones because they can't afford things like going to school (so they have to go through child labor), toilets, or plumbing, or even food. That's why people are dying of hunger and starving. If rich countries were to help the poor ones, more people would be happy. All people should help one another like animals help each other.


05/25/2011 09:09

Yes i think rich countrys should help poor countries because everyone should be treated equally and that isnt happening. All food should be split between countrys but the problem with thast is that there are countrys that are far away so its nearly impossible to get food that is still good to them. And helping them with sanitatin like the video we seen about that place in kenya its hard to support them . But at least we should make a effort to support countries like that

05/25/2011 09:24

i think the rich countries should help the poor countries like food houses bathroom for each house money clean water and other things the poor would need i think that the rich should help the poor


05/25/2011 18:06

Hi ZAIN!!!
Yes i do agree with you that rich countries should help poor countries. It's part of their duty to help those in need. It both looks the country look better so that more people can come to it. But like you said, comes all those barriers. Money is one of those huge issues. Debt. Transportation. All these factors that makes helping these countries difficult. But the least we can do is what you are doing right now. Educating the people on ways we can help, at least let them know. Good job Zain.
-IAN :D ^.^ -.- =.= :/ :$ xD

05/25/2011 18:12

i think that rich countries should help poor countries. i think this because those richer countries have money that they dont have anything to do with, so they should give the less rich countrties that money to develop the country. this is like when we learned about Food Distribution Problems: once the countries get developed more and better, they could pay those countries back that helped them. in conclusion, i think that rich countries should help poor countries.


05/26/2011 13:42

05/26/2011 13:49

hey, great job! I totally agree that we should help poor countries and people who are in poverty because so many people are dieing because they don't have what to eat. Also they need food,clean water,selter,clothing and much more and we have all those things and sometimes we even have more than what we need so we should give/ help the poor and people who are in poverty.:]


05/30/2011 08:28


I totally agree with you rich countries should help out poor countries because alot of people are in poverty and they need medical care because there dieing of dieses. I also think we should help out because we have extra money that we could give them.

So in conclusion i agree with you rich countries should help out poor countries.

Arshvinder =.= ^.^ -.- :P

Sarah & Brooke
05/30/2011 08:29

Brooke & Sarah
05/30/2011 08:50

I agree that rich countries should help poor countries because it is the right thing to do in our opinion. If we were rich we would donate like about $5,000 to people and countries that need help. We mean think about it if we lived in a poor countrie we would want the rich countres to help me and my family. so when it comes to stuff like this to get the answer for what your opinion is, just put your self in someone elses shoes.!!!

-Sarah and Brooke :)

05/30/2011 18:47

I think rich countries should help poor countries, because some kids dont have the oppurtunity to go to school,like we do and have educations. So if we helped by donating moeny maybe we could changes good changes.But overall sometimes its bad becuase, the rich country will be losing their money, and the poor countries will depend on the rich countries to give them money.
--Racha :)
Good job

06/01/2011 14:37

i disagree with you. this is beacuse first of all we pay taxs that will go to them free of working which might as well be put into more health benifts or education second of all they could be just sitting ariound eatting formm our money because there is a resoin for a country being poor and thats ussaly dictatorship. so they would get all the money. helping them stand up and make jobs would be a better option

06/02/2011 15:36

Hello noob. I agree with you. Rich countrys should help poor countrys. Some countrys don't have many essential things that they need to survive (health care, shelter, food, education). The rich countrys should set up schools for everyone from elders to youths. They could also help by distributing food or even teach people how to farm and grow their own food no matter what the climate and stuff is. They should help them by getting a shelter for the poor and get good health care for the people in these countrys. Eventually the country will probably be able to care of itself and be developing good.
-BALKARR!! *.*

06/02/2011 19:24

i agree rich countries should help poor countries it gives themselves a good feeling to help them in need. Which prevent less deaths.

My cousin says-
i disagree if the rich countries help the poor how does it help us, spending millions of dollars to help them what do we get back a good feeling how stupid is that.

06/03/2011 11:21

yah i think that they should help poor countries because they are stressing so much over food and shelter and they walk 4 hours just to get water for 1 day. their life is so much worse than ours and they stress over things that acctually matter when we stress over getting the right shoes to match our new dress. they really need help from us and we should help them because they dont have half the things that we have.

zouzou <3

06/03/2011 11:26

Hey noob. I agree with you. It is not fair for that the money in the world is not distrubuted equally throughout the entire world. I also think that without people helping people this world would be a mess! GOOD JOB ZAIN!!!
Hush :)

06/05/2011 18:53

I think tht rich countries should help poor countries cuz rich countries have so much money that isnt being used for nessecary needs like wat poor countries are going thru for example building a new casino in new york isnt as important as the lack of fresh water and food. this also can lessen child labour so know these factory owners get more money so they may let some children loose.


06/05/2011 19:00

good job zain :)

i think that rich countries should help poor countries, and that they should help them to develop a country that can boost it's own economy. what is happening is that the government of these poor countries are taking loans from rich countries and they invest them in things that will not make them any money to pay back, so as the cycle continues, they get into crazy amounts of debt. i think that the rich countries should not just relieve them from debt, but they sould also help the people by giving them a good system of government


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