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Petition: Make foreign aid transparent

There is a move afoot to “Make Aid Transparent.”

No, not invisible. That’s actually a different problem. The problem being addressed by the organization linked to above — called, appropriately enough, Make Aid Transparent — is that governments (including our own) don’t always reveal in much detail about what they are, or are not, doing in foreign aid and where the money goes.

The different problem of aid invisibility is that many people, in the U.S. anyway, appear to be largely unaware of what foreign aid accomplishes and how little we actually spend — only about one percent of the federal budget.

But that’s another story. Here’s a good article in the Guardian on Britain’s development chief, Andrew Mitchell, explaining why foreign aid is in the national interest. Same argument goes for the U.S.

Maybe more people would have better appreciation of the potential value of foreign aid (yes, like anything, it’s debatable) if governments were more open and transparent about aid.
Here’s an animation from Make Aid Transparent asking to you sign their petition:

Make Aid Transparent from Make Aid Transparent on Vimeo.


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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.