Left and Right Wing Critique of Foreign Aid

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Samuel Daka 10077367 – 22 January 2013 The following essay discusses the notion that the Right wing and Left wing critique of foreign aid both throw out the baby with the bath water. In the quest to discuss whether there is an academic case that is established to support the moral one for continuing with aid programmes in the above statement, the paper first tries to explain the meaning of throwing the baby with the bathwater after which it delves into the arguments as espoused by both critiques to amplify their throwing out the baby with the bath water, that is, completely getting rid of foreign aid because of it non beneficial contributions to third world countries. It will later talk about why aid should or should not be thrown completely as the ideology looks at the concept having some good in it but it is gotten rid of completely because of the bad aspects. The phrase to throw out the baby with the bath water is an idiomatic expression used to suggest an avoidable error in which something good is eliminated when trying to get rid of something bad, or in other words, rejecting the essential along with the inessential (Cheng,2002:52). It implies that an entire idea, concept, practice or project doesn't need to be rejected or discontinued if part of it is good. An example in would be that we get rid of liberal approach to our economic outlook adopted after 1991 which has led to economic growth, more foreign direct investment, GDP growth and low inflation; completely because a number of miners on the Copperbelt lost their jobs creating the new poor, there is salaula coupled with cheap Chinese goods on the Zambian market so that we get back to socialist principles as practiced by the former President Kenneth Kaunda. The baby in this case represents the good part that can be preserved while the bath water, are the parts of the concept that are bad or useless. In

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