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  1. Hidden price of foreign aid

    Posted Apr 09th 2005, 12:00am by Jean Nicol

    ... The British give in smaller doses, and more to overseas aid, probably because they think that their tax-funded welfare state should help the needy at home. Maybe their focus on African children ... and genuine attempts at aid have been targeted there than anywhere else over the past few decades. But there has been very little positive effect on the lives of African children. Second, it is partly ...

  2. US may not renew offer of aid for disarming

    Posted Apr 14th 2006, 12:00am by Andrew Salmon

    ... yesterday on investigations into Pyongyang's financial affairs, and warned that proposed aid in return for progress on dismantling nuclear weapons would not stay on the table indefinitely. ... to return to the problematic talks. Mr Hill warned the North that a September 2005 offer of aid in return for nuclear disarmament was not indefinite. 'It may not be a deal they will have ...

  3. Foreign aid for NGOs outlawed

    Posted Dec 11th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The New York Times in Johannesburg Parliament has approved legislation that would effectively outlaw foreign or foreign-supported NGOs, groups that have pressed for broader human rights guarantees by President Robert Mugabe's government. The legislat ...

  4. How can mainland 'super ministries' be accountable?

    Posted Mar 28th 2008, 12:00am by David Donadio

    ... Easterly explained recently, international development aid by governments generally doesn't work, because no one is credited when it achieves its objectives and, more importantly, no one ... to deliver. Professor Easterly satirised the UN's Millennium Development Goals. These, he said, had to co-ordinate 52 international donor agencies feeding aid to 97 government bureaucracies ...

  5. China- the lesser of two evils for Africa?

    Posted Oct 11th 2007, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... economic policies and aid programmes, and sheer arrogance, has forfeited any right or moral grounds on which it can lecture others. During the 1950s and 1960s- when one African state after another ... which again implicated the CIA. But even benign western and US economic and food aid did not help recipient African states much. A study last year on China's links with Africa by Barry ...

  6. Beware of falling into the dependency trap

    Posted Jan 10th 2005, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... and governmental reforms. Destroyed infrastructure has to be rebuilt, as do dysfunctional political and institutional architecture. But there are major dilemmas in the politics of aid. Rich countries extending aid to poorer nations always attach conditions, imposing economic-policy or public-administration requirements that render recipients at the mercy of the donor's ideological ...

  7. Help the poor to help themselves

    Posted Jan 06th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong has only a minuscule foreign aid programme in the form of the Disaster Relief Fund. Set up in 1993, the fund is usually topped up to $50 million every year by transfers from general revenue and makes disbursements in response to applications from aid providers. Following the tsunami catastrophe, it has depleted its coffers after authorising grants totalling $30 million. ...

  8. On deadly ground

    Posted Aug 19th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... as well as shelter, and often grieving the loss of loved ones, many are dependent on outside help for their survival. But the aid workers who race to the scene of a catastrophe to deliver basic necessities, such as food, clean water, clothes and tents, are increasingly putting their own lives at risk. Last year, 102 aid workers were killed while carrying out their duties, compared with 65 ...

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    China's 'friendship' in the Pacific draws thanks and suspicions

    Posted Feb 18th 2013, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... that is being sought in tandem with the aid is causing concern. That concern is heightened as Beijing flexes its geo-political muscles in the Western Pacific and backs up its diplomatic claims to vast ... of the Imperial Japanese Army were dislodged by the Americans, who provided aid after the second world war until Micronesia was granted independence in 1986. Pohnpei, which was the capital of Micronesia ...

  10. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    Japanese envoy's secret Pyongyang trip more worrying than missile launches

    Posted May 18th 2013, 05:06pm by AGENCIES AND STEPHEN CHEN

    ... not appear to be Musudan, said Kim Haing, her spokeswoman. The launches also came a day after Abe's aide Isao Iijima left Pyongyang following an unannounced four-day trip. Tokyo's decision ...




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