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Aid & development links: US threat to Pakistan, cholera in Yemen, transfer pricing and more

This week's links include President Trump linking foreign aid to cooperation in Afghanistan and the role of the private sector in Australian aid.

Photo: USAID flickr
Photo: USAID flickr
Published 28 Aug 2017   Follow @jonathan_pryke

  • President Trump is trying to pressure allies, notably Pakistan, by threatening to cut foreign aid if they don’t cooperate with the American mission in Afghanistan. Writing for the Washington Post, Jessica Trisko Darden concludes this tactic that never works. 
  • Devex has produced a special feature on the history of public opinion on foreign aid in the United States.
  • The Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington think-tank, has teased the results of an upcoming report on 13 recommended reforms for the American aid program.
  • Annmaree O’Keeffe has written for The Interpreter on the cholera epidemic in Yemen, describing it as a 'totally preventable catastrophe'. Jonathan Kennedy argues that Saudi Arabia should be taking a lot of the blame.
  • Maya Forstater writes for the Centre for Global Development on the hugely detrimental impact of transfer pricing on resource rich developing countries.
  • The Development Policy Centre has produced a new report advocating for a scaling up of Australian aid for medical research. The authors provide a summary here.
  • The ABC has recently reported on the growing role a select number of private companies play in delivering the Australian aid program. While the private sector has always had a role in delivering Australian aid, in recent years there has been a shift to a small number of large, complex contracts that are designed to improve effectiveness but also increase implementation risk.

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