Essay America Must Provide Foreign Aid to Poor Countries

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America Must Provide Aid to Poor Countries

Eliam Diamond lives on the shores of Lake Malawi. Diamond is a weaver, making mats out of dried palm leaves. A six-foot sleeping mat takes him four days to make and sells for as little as four cents, not enough to buy what little food there is in Malawi. So he relies on handouts. A few days ago, Diamond picked up his monthly ration of donated U.S. corn from the World Food Programme (WFP) at the Ngodzi distribution center near his village, carrying home the 110-pound bags tied to his bicycle (Harman).

Malawi is one of six southern African countries - along with Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and Swaziland - in which 14.5 million people face severe
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It is unfair that 80 percent of global GDP of $30 trillion accrues to only 20 percent of the world's population and the remaining 80 percent of the people only have a 20 percent share of world income.

Although it is unrealistic to expect that Singer's proposition, that we give ten percent of our annual income to aid the poor, will be implemented in full, I do believe that American citizens, particularly the considerably wealthy Americans, should contribute more to poverty efforts. Although I do not have a round sum in mind that all citizens in America should contribute to the poor, I do believe that everyone should at least give something. In addition to Singer's stress on individual giving, I think it is necessary to examine related issues such as increasing Overseas Development Assistance (ODA), increasing market access for developing countries, promoting good governance, and encouraging debt relief in the poorest countries.

According to the State of the World's Children 2001, a child born today in the developing world has a 4 out of 10 chance of living in extreme poverty. Absolute poverty is "poverty by any standard...[it] is life at the very margin of existence" (218-219). Confronted with "malnutrition, illiteracy, disease, squalid surroundings, high infant mortality, and low life expectancy...beneath any reasonable definition of human decency" (219), those in absolute poverty struggle merely to
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