Rx for Child Survival

Section 2: Objections to Aid for Global Health

Objection 4: Promoting economic and political freedom is a better strategy for generating prosperity.

The fall of communism in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union convinced many that free market economies outperform economies that are centrally planned.

Some critics of development assistance argue that, over the long term, aid may not only fail to build prosperity, but it can hurt development by delaying market reforms.

Supporters of aid say that, while economic freedoms certainly help, market reforms, alone, are not enough to improve life in developing countries, as health conditions in several countries of the former Soviet Union make all too clear.