November 17, 2009

Bypassing the Aid Trap in Pakistan

American Enterprise Institute, American Enterprise Institute

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Congress recently approved $7.5 billion in aid to Pakistan for social and economic development. The bill incited controversy by requiring that the U.S. secretary of state report to lawmakers on whether Pakistan's civilian government keeps effective control over its military, because many observers accuse some in the Pakistani military of having tolerated or even aided Islamic extremists since the 1980s.

But the bill itself should raise questions. After all, does Pakistan, or the U.S. Agency for International Development, or any other agency that will implement the aid actually know how to successfully spend these funds? In other parts of the world, especially Africa, foreign aid has been a spectacular failure in...

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TAGGED: Pakistan, United States, Marshall, Secretary of State, U.S. secretary, Europe, Africa, USD, Congress, Pakistani military, United States Agency for International Development

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