Foreign Aid and the Cairo Plan
In light of domestic & international affairs that developing countries face, they still have to honor their obligations to the United Nation and its Cairo Plan
The Cairo Plan
When we talk about how that money is going to be used to slow down birth rates through education, then the reasons why those developed countries are not sending that money sounds more selfish. That money that is wasted through unnecessary wars by developed countries could be going to the Cairo Plan as set out by the United Nations. By helping undeveloped countries become developed through such initiatives as the Cairo Plan, we can help prevent future wars.
Why is it called the Cairo Plan?
In 1994, the UN met in Cairo, Egypt, and set forward on a strategy for stabilizing the world's population at 7.27 billion no later than 2015.
Our wonderfully developed countries are spending their money on many things; however some could argue that if that money is going towards war against other nations, then that money is wasted. According to Mookim, “it is often established that couples in developing countries tend to have higher fertility either because of poor access to contraceptives, or because they have a taste preference for a certain gender composition of their existing children- or simply because high infant mortality rates forces couples to have a higher fertility rate in order to maintain their family size. (Mookim, 2006) When you mix a culture’s demand and tradition for a high birth rate with a governments wish to control a population, the best way to compromise the situation is through education of the rural population. This education comes in many forms, through commercials or television shows, paraphernalia, free contraceptives, and information on what a high birth rate does to a country. All of these things are very expensive but not nearly as expensive as it is to try to feed these masses.
Because of all this and more, the obligatory monetary donations are necessary. Developed countries have a responsibility to hold to their promises to the United Nations. If they agreed to donate money to the Cairo Plan then that is what they should be doing. Not because of some moral code or even because it is the right thing to do, but because, from an economical perspective, countries with higher fertility rates will someday need more money and effort from the rest of the world then what is outlined in the Cairo Plan.
The World is Our Oyster
If we withdrew the amounts of money used on foreign aid to apply to our own difficulties we could allow the people of our own nation come to their full potential
In my belief, our country does have its share of issues that need to be addressed prior to aiding other countries. Our own nation has problems with poverty, destruction of the environment, illiteracy, and many other issues. If we withdrew the amounts of money used on foreign aid to apply to our own difficulties we could allow the people of our own nation come to their full potential.
What is Foreign Assistance?
“There are five major categories of foreign assistance: bilateral development aid, economic assistance supporting U.S. political and security goals, humanitarian aid, multilateral economic contributions, and military aid. Due largely to the recent implementation two new foreign aid initiatives — the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the Global AIDS Initiative — bilateral development assistance has become the largest category of U.S. aid.” (CRS Report for Congress, 2004) If we could take out even a portion of the large amount of money we send to other countries to apply to the problems at home, it would be possible to eliminate illiteracy within our own schools or improve the public school system to be on par with other developed countries impressive standards. This double standard that America has of sending money to other countries to improve the education of people we owe little civic duty to when we cannot do the same for our own first is laughable.
It is true that we have given our word to fulfill some demands for aid for other countries needs, however beyond that promise America needs to start fixing American problems before dabbling in the affairs of others.
Our country does have its share of issues that need to be addressed prior to aiding other countries. Our own nation has problems with poverty, destruction of the environment, illiteracy, and many other issues. If we withdrew the amounts of money used on foreign aid to apply to our own difficulties we could allow the people of our own nation come to their full potential.
(2004). CRS Report for Congress. Congressional Research Service: The Library of Congress.
Dyson, T. (2002). On the Future of Human Fertility in India.
Mookim, P. G. (2006, November 10). Gender Preference,Fertility Choice, and Government Policy in India. Boston, MA, US.
Shah, A. (2008, April 27). US and Foreign Aid Assistance. Retrieved June 11, 2008, from Sustainable Development: http://www.globalissues.org/TradeRelated/Debt/USAid.asp
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