Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Australian foreign aid to East Timor 'wasted'
The spotlight is again on foreign aid from Australia after comments by East Timor's leadership that foreign aid was being spent on East Timor but not in East Timor. It was only in April that the Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd made similar claims about aid to Papua New Guinea, saying too much Australian aid was being spent on consultant's fees.
East Timor is urging western countries, including Australia, to review foreign aid policies, because he claims that the A$3 billion that have been pledged to East Timor since independence have never made it to the people or been used to relieve poverty.