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Aid Must Target Poverty Says NZ First

19 January 2005

Aid Must Target Poverty Says NZ First

New Zealand First Foreign Affairs spokesperson Dail Jones is urging the Government to ensure that the Tsunami funds are not extracted from existing foreign aid proposals.

“A call by the Council for International Development for greater recognition by the Government of the crisis of poverty facing some countries has my full support,” said Mr Jones.

“The allocation of overseas development assistance must be used to facilitate priority projects. Promoting awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries – particularly developing countries – is a need that has become a development priority.

“I want to make sure that the Tsunami relief package proposed by the Government is in addition to and not in place of New Zealand’s current contribution to overseas development aid.

“The issue of poverty is one that needs to be addressed, and New Zealand needs to assist in helping countries suffering from poverty to help themselves.

“New Zealand First policy is to provide aid through targeted projects, specifically where there is need and where New Zealand has expertise, rather than donating large cash sums which can be open to corruption,” concluded Mr Jones.

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