New Internationalist

Despite three decades of official development aid, 800 million people in the Third World now live in absolute poverty. A fresh look at how aid is given and who reaps the benefits is long overdue.

August 1983, Issue 126

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Reaching the poorest - six rules for real aid
Glen Williams assumes the role of Harry Hapgood, a fictitious aid official who sets the cat among the pigeons at the Overseas Development Office.
Rule One: Aim at the poorest
Paul Streeten argues the case for targeting aid on the needs of the poorest 40 per cent.
Rule Two: Mobilize the poor
Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay illustrates how aid can help poor people devlop their own forms of organizationl
Rule Three: Fit aid to countries
Peter Stalker urges donors to tailor thie aid to political realities in the Third World.
Rule Four: Rebuild the aid machine
Government aid funds can directly assist grassroots development. Richard Kazis explains how.
Rule Five: Abolish sham aid
Adrian Hewett tells how real aid is eroded by 'mixed credit' deals to promote rich country exports.
Rule Six: Have an independent audit
Independent evaluations are needed to check whether aid projects match up to the rhetoric. A report from Kaye Bysouth.
Real aid - making it happen
John Clark outlines a campaign strategy.
Boomerang aid
A cartoon by Clive Offley.
Update
News from around the world this month.
Taking issue - the money man
Ashok Mitra's monthly column looks at one Indian family's financial adventure
Ideas for action
Ways to get involved.
New books and classics
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