The Instigator
Rangoo.rc
Con (against)
Losing
0 Points
The Contender
vintinthethird
Pro (for)
Winning
7 Points

Would only give development aid to countries that share British values of democracy and equality

Do you like this debate?NoYes+2
Add this debate to Google Add this debate to Delicious Add this debate to FaceBook Add this debate to Digg  
Post Voting Period
The voting period for this debate has ended.
after 2 votes the winner is...
vintinthethird
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 3/10/2014 Category: Politics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 1,409 times Debate No: 48786
Debate Rounds (5)
Comments (0)
Votes (2)

 

Rangoo.rc

Con

Since the year 2000, UK aid has been spent with the explicit aim in improving the lives of the world's poorest people. By cutting aid to countries who do not share our values, the only people who stand to lose out are the poorest. If the health budget of a country like Burma suddenly loses "40 million , it will be the poorest people receiving, for example HIV services, who will suffer, not the military dictators. It is much more effective to use a 'carrot' rather than a stick and practice good diplomacy than to threaten other governments.
vintinthethird

Pro

As you say, our aim in assisting the other countries is to help improve the lives of the common people in that country. One of the most effective ways is to ensure that they are treated fairly by the own government, and to help protect rights that they should have. As some countries refuse to accept this policy, withholding monetary aid can be the best way to develop the country into a democracy, which is much more beneficial for the people than a dictatorship.

As to whether withholding aid is more damaging to the people we are trying to help, many of the governments of these poorer countries are rife with corruption. In many occasions, any aid sent into the country are swallowed up by officials and richer people, not affecting the lives of the people we set out to protect. By ensuring the government acts in the best interests of the people, we can be sure that a bigger proportion of the money sent will actually make a difference in the long run.

Finally, simply throwing money at other countries doesn't help with their long-term development. The best way of helping the people is to allow them to support themselves, and the best way of doing that is to improve the infrastructure of the country. For example, if a dictator-led country prohibits women from working, using our aid as the "Stick", we can make the country recognise rights for women. This leads to an immediate life improvement for women, and the influx of new workers speeds along the development of the country itself.

"Catch a man a fish, and he doesn't go hungry for the day, teach a man to fish for himself and he doesn't go hungry for life"
Debate Round No. 1
Rangoo.rc

Con

Rangoo.rc forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
Rangoo.rc

Con

Rangoo.rc forfeited this round.
vintinthethird

Pro

Assuming that Con has given up, I'd like to use my argument to thank everyone who has viewed this debate. 355 views is most definitely the most views a debate that I've been involved has had. What a pity that there isn't an actual debate going on.
Debate Round No. 3
Rangoo.rc

Con

Rangoo.rc forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
Rangoo.rc

Con

Rangoo.rc forfeited this round.
vintinthethird

Pro

Well, that's then .
Debate Round No. 5
No comments have been posted on this debate.
2 votes have been placed for this debate. Showing 1 through 2 records.
Vote Placed by Wylted 2 years ago
Wylted
Rangoo.rcvintinthethirdTied
Agreed with before the debate:--Vote Checkmark0 points
Agreed with after the debate:--Vote Checkmark0 points
Who had better conduct:--Vote Checkmark1 point
Had better spelling and grammar:--Vote Checkmark1 point
Made more convincing arguments:-Vote Checkmark-3 points
Used the most reliable sources:--Vote Checkmark2 points
Total points awarded:03 
Reasons for voting decision: Ff
Vote Placed by Zarroette 2 years ago
Zarroette
Rangoo.rcvintinthethirdTied
Agreed with before the debate:--Vote Checkmark0 points
Agreed with after the debate:--Vote Checkmark0 points
Who had better conduct:-Vote Checkmark-1 point
Had better spelling and grammar:--Vote Checkmark1 point
Made more convincing arguments:-Vote Checkmark-3 points
Used the most reliable sources:--Vote Checkmark2 points
Total points awarded:04 
Reasons for voting decision: Pro made some terrific arguments. This one was great, flipping Con's argument on its head: "withholding monetary aid can be the best way to develop the country into a democracy, which is much more beneficial for the people than a dictatorship". Pro then went through the logistics of it, and was convincing. Pro's final argument was also really strong. In fact, all of Pro's arguments required addressing, and Con failed dismally in attempting to reach the requirement.