This year, 1996, is the international year for the eradication of poverty and 17 October is the official UN Day set aside to mark it. At the same time, foreign-aid budgets are being slashed and aid agencies around the world are finding it harder than ever to raise funds. Such small amounts of foreign aid actually reach poor people (on average about $8 each every year), and such large amounts are misused, that doubts are being cast on the future of the whole operation. The NI takes a hard look at an 'industry' in crisis.
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