Creative Prompt #188: Aid


International aid

government aid

Definition #1: to provide with what is useful or necessary in achieving an end.

financial aid


Association for Individual Development

KitchenAid mixer

Rite Aid

California Student Aid Commission

World Teacher Aid

aid worker

Aid for Trade

Truth AID

World Bank Aid Effectiveness: Aid effectiveness is the impact that aid has in reducing poverty and inequality, increasing growth, building capacity, and accelerating achievement of the Millennium Development Goals set by the international community. Indicators here cover aid received as well as progress in reducing poverty and improving education, health, and other measures of human welfare.

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Definition #2: In international relations, aid (also known as international aid, overseas aid, or foreign aid) is – from the perspective of governments – a voluntary transfer of resources from one country to another, given at least partly with the objective of benefiting the recipient country.[1]

It may have other functions as well: it may be given as a signal of diplomatic approval, or to strengthen a military ally, to reward a government for behaviour desired by the donor, to extend the donor’s cultural influence, to provide infrastructure needed by the donor for resource extraction from the recipient country, or to gain other kinds of commercial access.[2] Humanitarianism and altruism are, nevertheless, significant motivations for the giving of aid.[3]

Aid may be given by gangs, private organizations, or governments. Standards delimiting exactly the kinds of transfers that count as aid vary. For example, aid figures may or may not include transfers for military use: to cite one instance, the United States included military assistance in its aid figure until 1957 but no longer does.<Fund (DLF) to provide concessional credits to developing countries world-wide (i.e. not, as in the past, just those in areas of potential conflict with Moscow) to promote their long-term growth.</ref> ref>Lancaster, p 67: “In 1957 the administration (with congressional support) separated economic from military assistance and created a Development Loan

The most widely measure of aid, “Official Development Assistance” (ODA) is such a figure. It is compiled by the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The United Nations, the World Bank, and many scholars use the DAC’s ODA figure as their main aid figure because it is easily available and reasonably consistently calculated over time and between countries.[5] The DAC consists of 22 of the wealthiest Western industrialised countries plus the EU; it is a forum in which they coordinate their aid policies.