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Make Foreign Aid 'Smarter,' Candidates Told
Submitted by jcravens42 on February 23, 2008 - 5:39pm.
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 22 (OneWorld) - Humanitarian workers are calling on the major presidential candidates to invigorate U.S. efforts to end global poverty by reforming the way foreign aid is allocated. "We're concerned that none of the presidential candidates to date have tackled how to make our foreign aid more effective at lifting people out of poverty," Oxfam America's Paul O'Brien told OneWorld Thursday. Humanitarian groups argue that more money is only part of the solution and that the entire foreign aid system needs a comprehensive rethink. A new report released this month by Oxfam found that most of the Bush administration's foreign aid budget is being sent to a handful of countries that are key players in the "war on terror" rather than countries with the highest percentage of people living in poverty.
Tags: Financing Development