sahel military aid vs developmental assisatance Essay

700 Words Feb 20th, 2014 3 Pages
JFK stated, the basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution.
Resolved: Development assistance should be prioritized over military aid in the Sahel region of Africa.

F.C.S.D.

Development assistance- the transfer of resources (cash, commodities or services) which promote the economic or welfare development of the recipient. (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development)

Prioritized- to list in order of importance of need. (MW)

Military aid- aid which comes in the source of armed forces in warlike matters. (reserso dictionary)

Sahel Region of Africa- A semiarid region of north-central Africa south of the Sahara Desert. That has been afflicted by prolonged periods of extensive
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They also called for reform of the humanitarian response and development assistance, to enhance resilience and promote long-term solutions. Also, the US supports developmental assistance over military aid. ThinkAfricaPress states “Western governments look set to increase their military support for Sahelian and Saharan countries. But they do this based on incorrect assumptions, misguided objectives and questionable methods. At best, this trend will cost a lot of money and lives, and achieve little. At worst, it will lead to a worsening spiral of violence, producing the very outcomes Western powers fear.”

My Last Contention,
Humanitarian problems (which would be solved by Developmental aid) far out way the conflict problem (which would could be solved my military aid.) Proof of this comes from state.gov where they state “the Sahel faced a serious humanitarian crisis in 2012 brought on by a severe drought and failed harvests that put 18.7 million people at risk for food insecurity, including one million children at risk of severe acute malnutrition.” Furthermore proof that military is not of much use, comes from Scott Johnson in Newsweek, where he speaks on the terrorists in the Sahel, He states that the terrorists which many people are worried about and demand military action to…