Amid Global Austerity Efforts, Liberian President Makes Case for Foreign Aid

Even at a time of challenging budget environments, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf deems it as a “fatal mistake” for governments to oppose foreign aid projects.

“[W]hilst it can only be right in the current context that aid budgets in all donor countries undergo increased scrutiny, and that strong results and value for money are both demanded and expected, I believe it would be a fatal mistake for governments to adopt aid-sceptic or, worse still, anti-aid approaches,” Sirleaf writes in the  Telegraph.

Impacts of development challenges such as poverty and climate change transcend national borders, according to Sirleaf.  

“Aid should, of course, never be an end in itself. Provided that it is delivered on the basis of being timely, temporary, and targeted, it can save lives and transform life chances in today’s developing world, just as the Marshall Plan helped rebuild European economies after the long years of war, laying the platform for stability and prosperity,” she says.

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.