Countries Need Support To Provide ‘Their Own Development With Their Own Resources’

Gargee Gosh, director of development policy and finance at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “It’s tempting to think that development assistance — aid from the outside — is the biggest force supporting development today. … But aid is really just a drop in the bucket of resources funding development in poor countries. More often than not, poor countries are in fact funding their own development with their own resources. … [T]he real question on our minds can’t be ‘how should aid support development’ but ‘how should aid be used to help and encourage countries to support their own development'” (1/24).

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