Tuesday 6 December 2016

Stop trusting corrupt regimes with aid

Published 17/11/2010 | 05:00

A girl with her family's herd of goats in Fentale, Ethiopia, where concerns have been raised about the misuse of aid
A girl with her family's herd of goats in Fentale, Ethiopia, where concerns have been raised about the misuse of aid

DESPITE our economic plight, the Government is continuing to channel multiple millions of euro through brutal and corrupt regimes in the developing world. How can this possibly be justified? We will never know, because the Government simply refuses to discuss the issue.

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Ireland should never abandon the world's poor, but trusting corrupt governments with aid and hoping that enough will filter down to those who need it most is little short of scandalous.

For example, the people of Uganda are poverty-stricken, the country is ravaged by AIDS and malnutrition is rife, yet the average annual military spend in Uganda is in the region of $200m (€148m), and the World Bank has estimated that $300m (€222m) is lost there every year to official corruption.

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