Proposal for Spring Congress

Proposal 402

LYMEC Spring Congress, April 05.-07., 2019 in Brussels

Author: Venstres Ungdom, Liberal Youth of Sweden (LUF), CUF - Centerpartiets Ungdomsförbund, JOVD

Status: [  ] accepted [  ] rejected [  ] transferred to: ___________________________

The Spring Congress may decide:

1Cutting development aid

2Considering that:

3· Foreign aid constitutes a significant portion of most European countries' annual budgets, with

4Denmark, Norway, Holland, Luxembourg, and the United Kingdom being the top donors of the

6· Recipient countries are not performing particularly better than those who do receives billions of

7USD every year. Latest example is Botswana, whom without receiving as much as a penny from
8the international community, has managed to become a larger economy than Bulgaria.

9·Study from University of Aarhus (2016) concludes that 80% of the cases of development

10aid-programs have not shown any improvement of macroeconomic performance in the long run.

11Noting that:

12· The evaluation of success has shown to be far too vague. The completion alone of newly build

13schools or hospitals financed by foreign aid e.g. Tanzania, does not constitute enough evidence
14for whether particular project has benefited the Tanzanian education system. The construction
15would not have been made possible without already existing infrastructure, which entails that the
16school was already in the local government's budget planning.

17· The game theoretic model of the Samaritan's Dilemma has proved to be perfectly applicable to

18several recipient countries. Even though donor countries threaten certain recipients by cutting
19development-aid in exchange for improved civil rights and anti-corruption policies,
20non-compliance still results in nothing but unchanged amounts of aid sent.

21LYMEC calls for:

22·All states must reconsider their effort in their assistance to developing countries. The road to hell

23is built with good intentions, but in the long run, the fishing pole will always be more worth than
24the actual fish.

25· All states should increase their focus on creating incentives for businesses to invest in a

26developing country and reduce trade barriers that are imposed upon them. By enhancing the
27relations between the private sector and the embassies representing e.g. sub-Saharan African
28nations, the funding will be minimized but yet significantly more focused. It is more worth
29investing in people and local entrepreneurs rather than corrupt governments.

30· All states to reform their foreign aid to significantly increase emergency aid, reconstruction aid

31as well as support for democracy and human rights than development aid, which has proven

Attention: This is a preview! The official text is printed in the proposal book for Spring Congress 05. - 07. April 2019.