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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 28 2013: This conversation is very close to my heart... As an individual who comes form a '3rd' world country I have seen the amazing benefits that come from foreign aid. However the problem that I see developing is that there is no transparency for individuals from where the aid is originating. Governments offer this aid, but the individuals that work and supply the money through trade etc do not necessarily understand how and where the aid is being offered. It creates a repetitive cycle of why give when I don't see benefits. Pledging is one thing... how do we know that we are doing any good?
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      Mar 29 2013: Hi Bernie!

      Thank you for entering our conversation. Which ''3rd world country' are you originally from?

      Maddy will no doubt contribute her thoughts but the concept of the fact that the givers do not see the visibility of the goodness they are creating and in turn the beneficiaries of aid do not understand where it has comes from is an interesting one.

      Do you think we can easily bridge this connection?

      Thanks Bernie!
      Nik

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