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Nik Gill

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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!

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  • Mar 27 2013: French doctors developed a micro chip contraceptive lasts 2 years. Started New Guinea where women badly treated + too many children. Stop mistreatment of women. It's NOT a right for 8 men to rape to death (India) a woman on a bus.

    World poverty could be ended this century if contraception, - families only had 1 or 2 children or even make it OK not to have children as some in Western do.

    On Medicines sans Frontiere a doctor just delivered a Pakistani woman's 27th baby (this is not a typo). In developing countries girls are sold into slavery as Prostitutes, domestic slaves in other countries, or slaves unpaid in factories and boys sold as child soldiers committing atrocities on others to put food in their mouths. Disgusting and these darling kids should not have been born. It will be hard to change mind set of various religions against contraception, however the benefit will be the END of world poverty.

    I have been in Afghanistan and one little boy's plight has stayed with me all my life. He sat in the market place upon a 4 foot by 4 foot plank of timber with 4 wheels. He had NO legs and only one arm, was blind in one eye. He was born with one deformed leg they cut the other off and one arm so he would be more attractive to begging on the streets ... you see he had to get enough money to support his parents and 12 other siblings ! So wrong.

    More contraception use (or give men the snip) Western countries will need to keep helping via Aid money for a time (as these countries have heaps kids to beg/work to support the family). When western countries see the poorer countries trying to help themselves, more happy to give more.

    www.spiritofsharing.com.au is a grass roots organisation but really getting in there educating kids making a difference. As yet they do not broach contraception that is my personal view having travelled to these places.

    I could only afford 1 child !!

    With blessings and hope for a new world order - ENDING POVERTY
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      Mar 27 2013: Hi Karmel,

      Thanks for the explanation for myself and then others who were not sure what micro-chip contraception was... so you feel that the key to ending future poverty is to regulate birth control in the less developed nations? Would that be a good summary? In terms of existing problems, do you have any thoughts on how we can help in the shorter / mid-term? e.g. those that will experience poverty in the next 1 - 10 years etc.

      These are some deep insights into the slave trade & then also Afghanistan. What is your background if I may ask? Did you experience this travelling or while working abroad etc? It would be great to know and thank you for all your thoughts to date.

      Also, having one child just makes them extra special :)...

      Best regards,
      Nik

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