Monday, 5 July 2010

Reason not to ringfence statistics to make a point about international aid: No 94

The pros and cons of international aid, and most effective ways of targeting it are complex debates. But if you will indulge me for a second I will present 2 unrelated statistical facts thus:

Amount spent by India on its space programme: £633 million

Amount of UK development aid to India over next three years: £825 million

And lazily and simplistically imply that therefore we shouldn't give any money to India. Even though the DfID money isn't going directly to fund the space programme but is intended to be targeted at poor people who if we cut aid altogether would really suffer but that's OK because it is the Indian government's sole responsibility not the West's.

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