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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 9 2013: I believe that investments should be targeted to sustainable change by finding opportunities to empower these communities to help drive their own future growth, rather than having outside aid temporarily thrown at problems. There are many organizations that are attempting to highlight this approach, which can range from nonprofits supporting "the girl effect" or investors supporting local business development through microfinance.

    I personally believe that women are a huge untapped resource for generating change. By providing women access to contraception, they can manage their reproduction, avoid the health risks of unintended pregnancies, limit their family size, and provide better health and education for their children. By ensuring women are able to stay in school, the knowledge and opportunities for the community grow as more members are able to read, contribute to a skilled workforce, and manage businesses.

    Now I'm not proposing that there is a single band-aid solution, but I do think that countries that provide aid should consider which "investments" will contribute to sustainable change in the long term and work towards this future.

    Here is an example video from The Girl Effect that helps visualize this approach: http://youtu.be/WIvmE4_KMNw

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