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Aid plays a role in saving millions of lives, and yet despite its achievements poverty continues to cast a shadow over the lives of some 1.4 billion people worldwide.
When aid is used to support developing country budgets, provided long-term and without unecessary strings attached, governments in developing countries can make effective plans to help the poorest people in their country.
Aid makes a real difference to the lives of the poorest people around the world. It is a vital way to help to lift millions of people out of poverty. This short animation explains why.