Thursday, April 19, 2007

Good news on aid?

Foreign Minister Winston Peters is tipping a substantial increase in foreign aid in next month's budget. This is good news, but I'll be waiting to see the actual numbers and in particular whether the government lays out a path to meeting our promise to increase aid to 0.7% of GDP by 2015. We're a comparitively rich country in international terms, but our current level of foreign aid is truly pathetic. We can, and should, give more.