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Foreign Aid

Carlsson Worried about Aid Embezzlement

Published måndag 24 augusti 2009 kl 12.19
Gunilla Carlsson

The Minister for International Development Cooperation, Gunilla Carlsson, is concerned over corruption in recipient countries of Swedish foreign aid. In an article published on the Newsmill website Carlsson questions the whole idea of paying money to third-world countries within foreign aid programs. This might indeed create more problems than solutions, Carlsson said.

She pointed out that a newly-revealed large-scale corruption case in the East African nation of Zambia had involved embezzlement of millions of dollars in foreign aid money provided by Sweden and other industrial nations. “Should we accept that part of foreign aid disappears in dark channels?” Carlsson asked and added: “The answer is an unconditional no.” The minister said that she will mobilize additional resources in order to fight organized corruption in recipient countries more efficiently.

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