Netherlands Eyes Cutting Number of Aid-Recipient Countries

Ben Knapen, minister for European affairs and international cooperation of the Netherlands. Knapen is proposing to cut the number of countries recieving Dutch aid from 33 to 15. Photo by: The Council of the European Union

The Dutch government has introduced plans to reduce the number of countries receiving Dutch development assistance as part of ongoing efforts to improve the effectiveness of the country’s aid program.

The Cabinet approved March 18 a proposal to reduce recipients of Dutch aid from 33 to 15, according to Radio Netherlands Worldwide. Dutch Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation Ben Knapen made the proposal.

The proposal still needs the approval of the Dutch parliament before any aid cuts can be implemented.

Those targeted for cuts include Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Georgia, Guatemala, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kosovo, Mongolia, Moldavia, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Suriname, Tanzania and Zambia, Radio Netherlands Worldwide says.

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