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In some TV series show that international aid is not offered for free, but in exchange of resources, prisoners or other terms, is this true?

I'm guessing it depends on which organisation is offering the aid. It might be true if a national government is offering the aid, is it?

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    "Always" is a very strong condition; for example I would bet that emergency aid (after an earthquake, flooding, etc) would usually be without further compromises; some other humanitarian aid may include (reasonable) conditions for the government to ensure an effective distribution of it. That said, if you want examples of international aid with "strings attached", there sure quite a few. Although it might be an issue because open questions that allow just ask for a list of examples are usually off-topic here (as there is no "correct" answer). – SJuan76 Sep 27 '16 at 10:19
  • Are you imagining aid from other countries? The terms are often somewhat different when it is done by NGOs. – indigochild Sep 27 '16 at 13:52
  • what is it, 18B to Israel over three years? What kind of terms do you think they have? Probably none. Probably will never be payed back. – easymoden00b Sep 27 '16 at 17:00
  • @easymoden00b As an example, the latest arms aid package to Israel includes a memorandum of understanding forbidding Israel from accepting any additional money that congress might allocate. This is to allow the president to set up the aid as an executive order and prevent congress from actually appropriating money. It also forbids Israel from buying arms from its own internal arms industry. It requires Israel to buy arms only from U.S. sources (at inflated prices). – sabbahillel Sep 27 '16 at 19:55
  • @sabbahillel Like I said, it offers us no advantage whatsoever. We're giving them money to give us money (minus a few billion). – easymoden00b Sep 27 '16 at 20:49

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