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Micro-credit charity founder Vashti Richards in Nepal

Just how little improvement millions of dollars of aid actually brings to poor countries has vexed policymakers for decades. How can a country like Sierra Leone receive some £50m annually in British aid, yet its healthcare system be so bad that one in six of its mothers still dies in pregnancy or childbirth? Alex Renton’s piece in the forthcoming April issue of Prospect tries to find out—but in…

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