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  1. Garth Luke
    Garth Luke April 7, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    The wonder Matt is that so many of the real development policies are not released on April 1 each year eg unpredictable aid support, lack of focus on the poor, funding to support donor country businesses, attempts to pretend that giving a tiny amount compared to need is really being very generous … I don’t think the day is long enough to cover everything.

  2. Matt Morris
    Matt Morris April 2, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Thank you for enjoying this #DevelopmentAprilFools: Devpolicy for being game, Owen for spreading the joke and Laurence for your generous comments.

    Alas, there has been no ruling requiring donors to cough up their unpaid aid, nor a ‘reverse HIPC’ to help them with their ‘moral creditworthiness’.

    Yet the blog does have a serious message–ODA over the last forty years has been just a fraction of the amount promised.

    As the world reviews progress on the MDGs and steps forwards into the SDG era, it is worth reflecting on what might have been achieved if the 0.7% target had been met, and what could be achieved if it is…

  3. Matt Dornan
    Matt Dornan April 1, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Is it a coincidence that this article is being published on 1 April?

  4. Laurence Chandy
    Laurence Chandy April 1, 2015 at 11:40 am


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