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Aid alone is not the answer

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... aid is not on its own the answer. If it were, you could write a big enough cheque and you could solve the problem of global poverty. But you need lots of other things as well. You need an absence of conflict in a country – civil war is bad for citizens and for encouraging people to invest. You need good governance. You need to tackle corruption. You need transport links. You need to title land to farmers, because if farmers feel insecure they’re not going to improve the land. So you need all of those other things as well.

We also need to give aid in a way which respects where countries are coming from. We need to recognise that there are politicians and officials who’ve got things they want to do ......

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