Aid – a smoke screen?

This is copied in from Zambia-Weekly, and I thought I’d just leave it here as food for thought. For many this does not sound like anything new, only difference is that a number of NGO’s now are pointing this out; that aid looks good from afar but is many times used to cover up tax evasion adding up to far more than the aid received.

From Zambia-Weekly:

“A group of 13 NGOs has accused western countries of using aid to Africa as a smokescreen to hide “sustained looting” of the continent. They echo the sentiments of Zambia’s own Dambisa Moyo’s bestseller from 2009 – “Dead Aid – Why Aid is not Working”. Sub-Saharan Africa receives $134 billion a year in loans, foreign investment and development aid, how- ever, the group’s research suggest that $192 billion leaves the region through tax evasion, climate change mitigation and the flight of profits earned by foreign multinational companies. The NGOs call for the aid system to be overhauled and made more open.

The 13 NGOs include Health Poverty Action, Jubilee Debt Campaign, World Development Move- ment, African Forum and Network on Debt and Development, Friends of the Earth Africa, Tax Justice Network, People’s Health Movement Kenya, Zimbabwe and UK, War on Want, Community Working Group on Health Zimbabwe, Medact, Healthworkers4All, Friends of the Earth South Africa, JA!Justiça Ambiental/Friends of the Earth Mozambique.”

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