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Aiding and abetting

I’m covering the aid effectiveness forum in Busan, South Korea from the comfort of my home in the leafy London suburbs. It’s really difficult to get an idea of what’s going on when you’re thousands of miles and a 10-hour time difference away. Plus I’ve got two children at home who – from the strange sounds coming from the sitting room – sound like they’re wrecking the joint.
A very helpful man at Save the Children, Ben Phillips, has been keeping me abreast of events but it’s hard to know what’s going on.
These massive multilateral shindigs are bonkers – there’s another one going on at the moment in Durban on climate change – and I find it hard to understand how any real decisions can be made when you have so many different people round the table.
Ensuring that aid is delivered effectively is a massively important issue so let’s hope that governments remember that and don’t get sidelined by having oblique pops at each other (although of course as a journalist that’s mother’s milk to me…).

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Posted by on November 30, 2011 in International health, Journalism


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