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Sweden Fights Aid Corruption

Published tisdag 1 september 2009 kl 10.30

Of the billions and billions of aid money meant for fighting poverty and hunger in the underdeveloped regions of the world, millions vanish daily due to fraud and corruption. Sweden as one of the leading donor nations has been trying to counteract these large-scale criminal activities, but aid funds continue to get tapped at the expense of the poorest. Now Gunilla Carlsson, the minister for development cooperation, is asking the general public for help in this crucial matter.

Sweden belongs to the top donor countries of the world. The Minister for International Development Cooperation, Gunilla Carlsson, is responsible for an annual aid budget of almost five billion dollars. She is alarmed by the amount of money that disappears in dark channels. In an unorthodox step Carlsson used the internet to air her anger and to ask the general public for help and advice in coping with the troublesome issue.

Radio Sweden's Klaus Heilbronner investigated the issue. 

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