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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