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I'm tempted to say that their more enlightened attitude to ODA may be linked to a more enlightened set of domestic health, welfare and education policies.  This theory may be shot down, though, by observing that Australia, Canada, Ireland , Belgium, Japan and the US also appear at the top of the HDI table, but have low percentages of GNP for ODA.  Belgium and Ireland do better than the others, I should acknowledge.
by canberra boy (canberraboy1 at gmail dot com) on Tue Sep 13th, 2005 at 10:49:51 PM EST
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And it's actually a significant political issue in Ireland that we aren't going to make our aid target on time. The Taoiseach is announcing a new target date for us to get to 0.7% today. I'm assuming it will be well after the latest possible date for the election.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Sep 14th, 2005 at 03:27:03 AM EST
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