21st Century Aid: Recognising success and tackling failure

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58 pages

Authors
Burnley, Jasmine

Publication date
20 May 2010

ISBN
9781848141636

Publisher
Oxfam International

Series
Oxfam Briefing Papers

Type
Policy paper

Aid plays a role in saving millions of lives. Recently, a barrage of criticism has been unleashed on aid, with critics using individual examples of failed aid to argue that all aid is bad and should be reduced or phased out altogether. This is both incorrect and irresponsible. This report examines the evidence, and finds that whilst there is much room for improvement, good quality 21st century aid not only saves lives, but is indispensable in unlocking poor countries’ and people’s ability to work their own way out of poverty.

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