3 facts about effective aid

Effective Aid

Rural Zambia receives free health care

In 2006 in Zambia, with the support of international aid, health care was made free for all in rural areas. Today 200,000 people in Zambia living with HIV are receiving lifesaving antiretroviral treatment (ART) – more than 60 times the number being treated in 2003.

Source: DFID (2010) Zambia Country Profile

Rwanda provides agricultural support

In Rwanda, budget support, totaling 26 per cent of aid flows between 2004 and 2006, allowed the government to eliminate user fees for primary and lower secondary school education, increase spending on treatment for people living with HIV and AIDS, and provide agricultural loan guarantees to farmers.

Source: DFID White Paper (2009) ‘Eliminating World Poverty: Building Our Common Future’, p.126.

Mozambique improves education

In Mozambique, a leading recipient of European Commission budget support, the government more than doubled its public expenditure on education, increasing it by 56 per cent (as a percentage of GDP) between 1999 and 2004.

Oxfam (2008) ‘Fast Forward: How the European Commission can take the lead in providing high-quality budget support in education and health’, pp.15-16.

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