Altruism in animalsEvolution of moralityand Evolutionary ethics Giving alms to beggar children In the science of ethology the study of animal behaviourand more generally in the study of social evolutionaltruism refers to behaviour by an individual that increases the fitness of another individual while decreasing the fitness of the actor. Two related strands of research on altruism have emerged from traditional evolutionary analyses and from evolutionary game theory a mathematical model and analysis of behavioural strategies. Some of the proposed mechanisms are:
You can also view this chart as an image. Contrary to popular belief, the US is not the only nation with tax incentives to encourage private contributions. Only Austria, Finland and Sweden do not offer incentives.
Factoring that in, the US ranks joint 19th out of 21 Japan fairs a lot worse Roodman also admits that many—perhaps most—important aspects of aid quality are still not reflected in the index—factors such as the realism of project designs and the effectiveness of structural adjustment conditionality.
This index considers aid, trade, investment, migration, environment, security, and technology. Their result shows the Netherlands first, Japan last, and the US ranking thirteenth, just behind the United Kingdom, out of 21 total.
As David Roodman notes in his announcement of the Commitment to Development IndexAs in the past, the G-7 leading industrial nations have not led on the [Commitment to Development Index]; Germany, top among them, is in 9th place overall.
The results were charted as follows: Private donations and philanthropy Government aid, while fraught with problems discussed belowreflects foreign policy objectives of the donor government in power, which can differ from the generosity of the people of that nation.
It can also be less specialized than private contributions and targets are internationally agreed to be measurable. A vivid example of this is in health issues around the world.
Amazingly large donations by foundations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are impressive, but the underlying causes of the problems are not addressed, which require political solutions.
As Rajshri Dasgupta comments: In a nutshell, industry and private donations are feel-good, short-term interventions and no substitute for the vastly larger, and essentially political, task of bringing health care to more than a billion poor people. It was big news and very welcome by many.
Makes you wonder who the real beneficiary of charity is here. This is just one amongst many examples of what appears extremely welcome philanthropy and charity also having other motives. It might be seen as horrible to criticize such charity, especially on a crucial issue such as AIDS, but that is not the issue.
The concern is that while it is welcome that this charity is being provided, at a systemic level, such charity is unsustainable and shows ulterior motives. Would Bill Gates have donated that much had there not been additional interests for the company that he had founded?
He also adds that it is killing more people than the philanthropy saving. What Palast is hinting towards is the unequal rules of trade and economics that are part of the world system, that has contributed to countries such as most in Africa being unable to address the scourge of AIDS and other problems, even when they want to.
See for example, the sections on free tradepoverty and corporations on this web site for more. The LA Times has also found that the Gates Foundation has been investing in questionable companies that are often involved in environmental pollution, even child labor, and more.
In addition to private contributions, when it comes to government aid, these concerns can multiply as it may affect the economic and political direction of an entire nation if such government aid is also tied into political objectives that benefit the donor.
Back to top Are numbers the only issue? The above talks a lot about numbers and attempts to address common questions about who gives what, as for Americans and Europeans, there is indeed a fascination of this topic. Less mentioned in the media is that some aid money that is pledged often involves double accounting of sorts.
Sometimes offers have even been reneged or just not delivered. It is common to hear many Americans claim that the US is the most generous country on earth. While the numbers above may say otherwise in a technical sense, is who gives the most really the important discussion here?
While important, concentrating on this one aspect diverts us from other pressing issues such as does the aid actually help the recipient, or does it actually help the donor. As we will see further below, some aid has indeed been quite damaging for the recipient, while at the same time being beneficial for the donor.
But, as they note, a number of factors have led to a large decline in aid, some that cannot be shown by numbers and graphs, alone. Tighter budgetary constraints in richer countries during the s; More importantly, an ideology shift on governments and markets see also primer on neoliberalism and structural adjustment on this site ; Increasing number of countries competing for development aid funds; Donors putting a broader interpretation on what constitutes development assistance.
On the last point above, South Centre notes that the broader interpretation include categories which bear little relationship to the need of the developing countries for long term development capital.
Thus, those expanded categories for official development assistance include: An analysis of OECD data over time shows such increases in non-development aid: In effect, not only has aid been way below that promised, but what has been delivered has not always been for the original goal of development.
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