Donors give about $5 billion a year - about a twentieth of all aid - directly to the government's budget, and this is increasing.
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One of the poorest countries in Africa, Niger also suffers one of the deadliest malaria epidemics on the continent - one in four children in the country die as a result of the disease. However, according to an article in this weekâs Lancet (free registration), Niger is taking dramatic and strategic steps to combat malaria among women and children by distributing insecticide-treated nets in hard-to-reach areas.
In his April 26 testimony to House appropriators, new Director of Foreign Assistance Randall Tobias left no doubt about his determination to ensure that the fragmented U.S. foreign assistance regime be overhauled to reflect strategic guidance from the Secretary of State -- and to ensure that U.S. aid advances the administration’s broad foreign policy and national security goals, rather than being driven by the desires of individual agencies or country missions.
The Hudson Institute has just released its new Index of Global Philanthropy. The report makes an important point: U.S. private charitable flows to developing countries are on the rise and can do much good. In a world with the Gates, Turner, Hewlett, Soros and other foundations doing plenty of good things, it is a point worth making. But this new index is flawed in crucial ways.
Think about the plight of many of the poorest countries in the world: Governments may know that long-term national prosperity depends on getting children into school, teaching them well, and keeping them there until they’ve mastered reading, writing and arithmetic. But the social returns aren’t likely to come for more than a decade, when the six-year-olds of today enter the labor market.
Yesterday, an umbrella group of European non-governmental organizations (NGOs) issued “EU Aid: Genuine Leadership or Misleading Figures?” (pdf), which “blow[s] the whistle on official aid statistics revealing just how misleading they really are.”
They argue that the billions of euros in recent debt cancellation for Iraq and Nigeria are not aid:
In January, representatives from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the World Bank AIDS program, and the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) met in Washington to discuss ways of improving coordination between their programs.
The U.S. Agency for International Development just released its initial estimates of how much foreign aid the U.S. government gave to developing countries in 2005. It submitted the figures as part of normal reporting processes to the Paris-based Development Assistance Committee. The overall figure is a stunner: U.S.