Building shelters after the Tsunami.Photo: Jerry Galea/Oxfam
International aid is a crucial part of development.

Effective aid in action

Aid is a crucial part of development. Aid alone cannot solve the crises of poverty and inequality, promote gender equality and realize human rights. But for some of the poorest countries in the world, domestic funds are simply not enough to tackle poverty. Aid from rich countries can make a huge difference to the lives of poor people living within these countries.

Aid has helped build hospitals, train teachers, pay doctors’ salaries and buy textbooks for schools and medical equipment for clinics. In doing this aid can help countries reduce the number of women dying in pregnancy and child birth, increase the number of children who have access to a quality education and vaccinate children against diseases.

Rich countries must use their aid to fund nationally created development plans that have been worked out by not only developing country governments but also parliamentarians and civil society groups.

We also believe that more aid must be delivered to developing country governments and provided on a long term and predictable basis.

Finally, rich countries should ensure that their aid money is being spent in an accountable and transparent manner. One of the ways of doing this is to support citizens in developing countries to better hold their governments to account for the way they spend aid money.

Here are some examples of successful development plans carried out in developing countries thanks to international aid.

Germany in Ghana: financing free primary education for all
Italy in Mozambique: investing in health care
UK in Nepal: supporting maternal health and free health care