Maddy Nash Posted 12 months ago Can first world countries spend their overseas aid budgets more effectively? It's been really interesting to read all the contributions and insights from across the globe. Thank you for all for sharing, your often very frank,opinions. It's good to see that amongst us foreign aid itself is not in question but how and where it can be best put to use. I completely agree with some of the points that volunteering, army initiatives etc are extremely helpful but it's important that whatever aid the initiative funds is a sustainable solution that works in the local context. What we keep coming up against in the argument against foreign aid is that foreign aid is taking money from poor people in rich countries and giving it to rich people in poor countries. Would aid be better spent if distributed through genuinely independent charities who support countries in developing the structures they need to help themselves?