3 facts about aid and development

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Aid reduces malaria deaths in Zambia

In Zambia, recruiting and training large numbers of community-based health workers to distribute bed nets (see photo above) and safely diagnose and treat patients free of charge, in addition to indoor spraying, has reduced malaria deaths by a staggering 66 per cent over the last six years. The same approach has halved malaria deaths in Ethiopia in just three years.

Source WHO (2008)

Malawi subsidy secures food for all

Over the past few years the Malawian government has introduced a subsidy
on fertilizer, distributing 3 million coupons to enable farmers to buy fertilizer at about a quarter of the market value. Experts calculate that harvests have been 20 per cent bigger than they  would have been without the subsidy. Malawi has subsequently become a donor of food aid to Lesotho and has also started exporting to other countries in the region.

Dorward et al. (2008) ‘Evaluation of the 2006/7 subsidy’; New York Times (2007)

Aid-funded cash transfers reduce extreme poverty in Mexico

Cash transfers provided to poor rural families through the PROGRESA
program in Mexico are made conditional on their participation in health
and nutritional programs, and the attendance of their children at school.
Started in 1997, by 2004, the program was reaching nearly 5 million
, leading to a substantial reduction in poverty levels in the poorest
families who were unable to access work.

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