TED Conversations

Nik Gill

Mindshare Worldwide

This conversation is closed.

Can first world countries spend their overseas aid budgets more effectively?

On March 20th 2013, Great Britain's government firmly backed a legislation that would ensure that 0.7% (~£11 Billion) of Gross National Income will be spent on Overseas Aid.

With many skeptics feeling that this money is often wasted or better spent in more important areas, how would you like to see this money spent to change the perception that International Aid isn't effective?

Myself and Maddy Nash would love to hear your thoughts!

Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • Mar 26 2013: I think it is USA, + UK + EU who have the most say on the United Nations and of course most population therefore most Foreign Aid. Australia has only recently been allowed after paying Millions to be members of UN.

    The above and us and all members of UN need to get the UN to encourage/enforce places like India + Indonesia and other countries who pay NO TAX to start paying tax to help their poor even tho they do NOT belong to United Nations.

    I do think places like Australia need to limit the Baby Bonus of $5,000 first child + $3,000 for all the children after. Limit this bonus to the first 2 children so it does not encourage people to come just for the Baby Bonuses.

    A friend of mine Peter started Spirit of Sharing.com.au and he does excellent voluntary work for other countries Fiji/Vanuatu and Tibet. Keeping people in familiar surrounds and with their culture not such a bad thing. Educating and helping the poor to have better lives in their own countries. More of this.

    Hopefully less babies. Some group gives out micro chip contraception lasts 2 years. I could only afford 1 baby. I would hate to be in a position of having 10 or 15 children only to put them in orphanages, sell into prostitution, child soldiers etc.
    • thumb
      Mar 27 2013: Hi Karmel!

      Thank for your thoughts on this. There are two areas that you have delved into...

      So essentially you feel that birth control can be a major factor in helping all countries in future? I am unfamiliar with term micro chip contraception though, please can you elaborate on this?

      Also, I'd love to hear a bit more about the efforts of your friend in Fiji & Tibet if you can explain this further / what has been learn't from this initiative?. I will of course visit the website too!

      Thank you Karmel!

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.