Aid to poor countries with corrupt governments is aid to corrupt governments


What happens when money is given to corrupt governments hoping that they will do the right thing? Pretty much what you’d expect:

After getting millions of dollars to fight AIDS, some African countries responded by slashing their health budgets, new research says.

For years, the international community has forked over billions in health aid, believing the donations supplemented health budgets in poor countries. It now turns out development money prompted some governments to spend on entirely different things, which cannot be tracked. The research was published Friday in the medical journal Lancet.

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