Submitted on Monday 1st August 2011
Published on Friday 5th August 2011
Current status: Closed
Closed: Sunday 5th August 2012
Overseas Aid - A More Acceptable Approach
The Government should close the divide of opinion on overseas aid by:
a) Ensuring that the bulk of aid consists of goods manufactured by, and services and skills provided by British companies (at highly competitive prices) and a lot more volunteering options to avoid/reduce opportunities for corruption.
b) Focus on basics such as clean drinking water, nutritional food rations, medicines, basic housing, schools and clinics, transport, polytunnels and other agricultural equipment & know-how for local food production & job creation, training for police and army personnel.
c) Having a much more transparent mechanism for allocation of aid budget.
d) More rigorous auditing of aid projects and withholding of further funds from projects / countries that fail audits or where corruption is endemic.
e) A formal Annual Report to the Nation spelling out what the money has been spent on and independent assessment of outcomes.
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