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Many of the comments above highlight inefficiencies of the current aid structure. I have to agree, since the 1960 over $2 trillion of international aid has flowed into Africa with very little success. Whether or not the above policy will change this is questionable. On one hand, a number of international charities have come up with some great ground level ideas to tackle poverty at the ground level, Oxfam's Unwrapped and the buy a goat scheme (amongst others) have identified problems and come up with imaginative and effective solutions. One of the most important reasons this has worked is because Oxfam is selling a product in a market. If it came out that the project was ineffective at tackling poverty, people would stop purchasing goats and the product would die. Compare that with the World Bank in which the 1990's only audited one quarter of its own projects. Resultingly poor projects failed to be axed and many were never fully assessed. On the other hand, charities historically have excelled in building up projects from the ground up and tend to fail when trying to implement large scale ideas. Whether NGO's and charities can effectively implement schemes for instance large scale AID's immunisations is questionable. Personally I believe the Conservatives should place themselves at the heart of the creations of an international environment conducive to promoting economic growth, namely by tackling EU and US protectionism and ending international dumping on developing countries. These policies combine to disincentivise self-sustaining economic development. I remain sceptical of the potential of large scale aid transfers and particular Western interference resulting from conditionality attached to these aid transfers.
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