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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 7 2013: I'm recommending if we used cultural anthropology when dispersing aid funds they may be better spent. but what's this about a film? I don't know anything about that Nik.
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      Apr 7 2013: Hi David,

      Yes, cultural anthropology... this is in line with Maddy's summary on how we should look to find sustainable solutions that work within a local context.

      Do you think it's up to a select few countries to take the lead in how to invest in overseas aid or do you feel there is the potential to set up an independent committee that is funded by everyone? Committee's often sound like a good idea but have sometimes failed in the past if not given the full backing of the nations they are part of etc.

      Oh, the film... sorry I was slightly confused, I mean't to say book (as in 'The Mission Song' published in 2006) but saw that it was also an audio book and one thing led to another...

      Thanks David!

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