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Why ringfence aid?

At a time of cutbacks at home, we should be proud—not critical—of Britain’s generous commitment to development abroad

By Paul Collier   October 2010

Africa calling: supporting projects with aid—like better mobile phone banking technology—creates opportunities for the private sector

Why should Britain’s foreign aid be protected from spending cuts? As British households are being hit by unprecedented reductions in public spending, it seems fair that expenditure on developing countries should share the pain. Besides, private remittances by immigrants to their home countries are now far larger than public giving, and governments of many poor nations are more excited by doing business deals with Asia than by aid from Europe. There is a strong case against treating aid differently from everything else. But there…

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