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  1. Jamal Munshi
    Jamal Munshi July 22, 2016 at 12:08 am

    Development programs should put more weight on the needs of the aid recipient than on the needs of the donor – see paper here

  2. Garth Luke
    Garth Luke February 11, 2016 at 12:56 pm


    It’s great to have this sort of analysis which can help to identify both need and capacity. Thanks.

    When you say Australia is giving less than 25% of its aid budget to LDCs are you including Australian dollars that go to LDCs via the UN, multilateral banks and multilateral funds?

    1. Robin Davies
      Robin Davies February 12, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      The percentage figure quoted, which is from DAC statistics, relates to gross bilateral ODA. It doesn’t include imputed multilateral flows. But nor does it include aid to PNG, Australia’s largest recipient by a mile. PNG has in the not-so-distant past met the criteria for classification as an LDC but, unusually, it refused to allow itself to be so classified. I am unsure whether it currently meets the criteria but I imagine it wouldn’t miss by a mile. So the 24% figure is perhaps a little misleading.

  3. Stephen Howes
    Stephen Howes February 9, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Chris, Interesting piece, but isn’t it odd to ask whether countries can afford to reduce poverty? Isn’t that like asking if they can afford to grow? Look forward to hearing more (and seeing you) at the aid conference.

  4. Robert P Bruce
    Robert P Bruce February 9, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Great piece brings focus to the resource needed to implement Global Goals.

    However, the sums of money involved are so small that they should make us all ashamed. Every year tax evasion and offshore investment schemes take over US$ 1,000 Billion out of poorer countries around the World. If we simply eliminated Global tax avoidance the LMICs could be made self-sufficient, leaving the balance of Global aid to cover the $70B gap in LICs.

    In any case rich countries should be making long term investment in Global economic development by increasing aid to poorer countries. The cost upto 2014 of the US “war on terror” in Afghanistan and Iraq was over $2,400 Billion. An investment just a fraction of this size, to help elimiate Global poverty, would have done far more to advance World peace and economic stability.

    Real progress will only be made once we stop seeing the World in terms of “them and us” and start to all view each other as Global Citizens. Economically this means working towards a “Global Economic Community” which is the only way to bring some of these key changes about.

    Robert P Bruce author http://www.TheGlobalRace.net

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