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The time has come for aid to be accountable

By Matthew Partridge  

Standardised data can help build a better service for recipients

With governments around the world short of money, the likelihood of substantial cuts in foreign aid and development budgets is increasing. A YouGov poll in April found that 71 per cent of Americans want lower aid spending—32 percentage points more than want those who want to reduce the next most unpopular budget item, environmental expenditure. And in Britain, although the coalition has decided to ringfence the budget for…

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