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Reader riposte: Promoting foreign aid

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19 July 2010 08:30


This post is part of the Promoting foreign aid debate thread. To read other posts in this debate, click here.

Paul Davies responds to Danielle Cave:

Danielle Cave writes: 'With our mainstream media now commenting regularly on Australia's overseas development assistance and often highlighting only faults and inadequacies, isn't it time the Australian Government, through AusAID, made a greater effort to promote the success stories and engage the Australian public, considering it is set to fund Australia's increasing aid budget?'

Really? Really? 

The answer to legitimate scrutiny of the value for money delivered by our taxpayer funded aid program is the diversion of further taxpayer funds to make Australians feel better about the money they are already spending?

I'm sorry, but this strikes me as just the sort of self-dealing that actually DOES raise real questions about the validity of the spending our government does in the name of development assistance. I would think a more appropriate response to 'regular mainstream media commentary' on Australia's development assistance would be to ensure aid spending actually does result in improvements in the sort of development indicators that actually matter — life expectancy, educational attainment, physical and communications connectivity — otherwise a skeptical examination from media is, at the very least, warranted.

Love the blog.  Am not very often moved to respond but this comment invited a corrective.

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