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Vol 44 No 20

Published 10th October 2003

Going Dutch

The generous Netherlands' foreign aid programme is being overhauled to concentrate on a reduced list of 36 countries, with defined priorities. African countries will get just over a quarter of the total, fixed by cross-party agreement at 0.8 per cent of Dutch gross domestic product. Development Cooperation Minister Agnes van Ardenne (who got the job when the Christian Democrats returned to power last year) argues that tightly focused spending works better. By spreading the cash among fewer countries, she believes the Hague will be able to do more for the places it does support.

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