The road to hell is paved with good intentions

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    Britain is going through billions in cuts to reduce the Labour induced deficit, yet the Liberal wing of the coalition push through a package of £330 million in foreign aid to supposedly help African countries with climate change projects! WTF! And why is S Africa, a thriving country with its own space programme receiving aid! When will politicians learn the lesson that aid provided to Africa invariably ends up in corrupt official's pockets, but most of all, that charity begins at home. Especially during times of austerity and recession.

    If we are going to provide foreign aid to poorer countries it should go to helping the poor, not wasted on questionable value and little substance! Better still, freeze foreign aid altogether.

     
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    I don't know... are there guidelines for foreign aide cooperation expected by NATO? There are bigger issues at hand than money when Climate Control is the subject, obviously. Money is seemingly just what hurts the most...
     
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    NATO? Do you mean the UN? But no, I don't believe there are international guidelines. It's up to individual governments as to what foreign financial aid they provide.
     
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    Here is a good working model for Charity done right.

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    Yeah, and the superhighway to hell is paved without good intentions

     
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    Yes, that's a good way of providing aid, particularly since it is controlled through a charitable organisation that is able to control precisely where the money is spent. Sending financial aid direct to governments in Africa, which is widely considered among the world's most corrupt places, is simply fuelling corruption as most of the funds never reach the intended programmes. In fact, evidence of corruption in foreign aid projects has increased in recent decades. Many experts argue that foreign aid actually perpetuates poverty by giving corrupt politicians in developing countries the resources to maintain their power, while condemning millions to live in miserable conditions with no hope for a better future.

     
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    I honestly don't know... It seems the both of the could be utilized, accordingly.

    NATO - Purpose of NATO - History of NATO

    Introduction to the United Nations

    Please explain why one doesn't represent the other here.
     

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