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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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  • Apr 2 2013: What areas has the espedrile the shoe picked up? maybe good for the flavella Brazil maybe that was a decade ago? I don't know would they wear it swampy, and if you've read the book Les Miserable shoes don't go well with the gamin.
    Somalia was mentioned you know Kenya has sent a force there with major victories, forcing violent Islamist warlord factions from cities including a notable port.
    I guess we are seeing a major failing in the Western aid plan is shown when Mali collapsed, it was held up as a model by Westerners. Should also consider Liberia coming out from under UN operation. I hear where their all based they defecate as close to the seashore as they want to walk. They live in a pit littered with excrement. Watched the Vice documentary on Liberia available via youtube. It might be something about cannibal warlords of Liberia.
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      Apr 2 2013: Hi David,

      Thanks for your thoughts on the Start-up project. Basically, the way it has been explained to me is that once enough monetary donations have been made from more economically developed countries (MEDCs), local business in the likes of Africa & India etc will then be commissioned to produce quality products for us then to purchase. So the products are made in areas of the world where poverty is being experienced, and they are used by the countries that can afford to purchase them, e.g. the UK.

      The system is a proposed way of ensuring that the money we donate to those less fortunate goes directly to the people that are in need / bypassing government that perhaps do not pass all of the money on.

      I'll need to find out more information specifically about this project as it was only recently brought to my attention over the weekend.

      Thanks David,

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