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Aid should bypass corrupt leaders
THE millions of volunteers raising money to relieve acute poverty in many communities in the developing world will welcome the determination of Justine Greening, the new Secretary of State for International Development, as reported in the View from Westminster (The Press, October 3) to stop UK Government development aid money going to despotic governments.
The Government is beginning to recognise that the surest way of giving poverty- stricken communities in Africa, India and South America a helping hand to work their way to a better life is to bypass governments, and work through non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and international charities.
The European Union has adopted this approach for many years, in some cases match-funding – by as much as ten to one – public donated funds raised by NGOs, such as Christian Aid, for community-run development projects. It is not clear why Chris Moncrieff favours government-to-government aid which is generally preferred by national governments and which too often falls into the hands of despots and the corrupt.
Maurice Vassie, Chair, York Christian Aid, Deighton, York.