Dutch party wants to halve aid budget

15th September 2008, Comments 0 comments

The conservative VVD wants budget for development cooperation to be reduced from 0.8 percent to 0.4 percent of the gross national product.

15 September 2008

THE HAGUE -- The conservative VVD wants the budget for development cooperation to be halved from 0.8 percent to 0.4 percent of the gross national product (GNP).

On an average, other European countries usually provide 0.4 percent of their GNP.

The party also wants to end subsidies to international development organisations Oxfam/Novib and Cordaid.

The VVD wants the money gained to be spent supporting the private sector in developing countries. The party hopes to develop a stronger middle class which would then be able to hold government leaders accountable, thus improving the level of democracy.

According to the party, local economies will only improve when developing countries have broken their addiction to aid, says the party.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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