Monday, 12 July 2010

UK aid commitments

I support the UK’s International Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell’s decision to relook at the at the UK’s aid commitments to the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China). This money can now be shifted more towards countries with a greater need, and less ability to help themselves.

Also, I again urge the Minster to examine the way in which aid is spent, there must be a shift over the next few years to aid that supports growth and aims to increase the involvement of the private sector, allowing national governments to pay for their own social infrastructure. While the shift cannot be uniform, many of the poorest countries will still need support in social areas; there are other middle income countries that can begin the shift towards growth centred aid, so that they may hopefully follow in the BRIC’s footsteps.

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