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Aid management overseas

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Government-to-government aid is becoming an integral part of international relations, and when the parties concerned are governments, it is reasonable to think in terms of employing the traditional channels of international politics. In Britain's case, the Diplomatic Service working through embassies would participate in the original negotiations and subsequent accounting activities.

The author suggests a list of activities which need to be undertaken. Firstly, the actual negotiations for aid, followed by the dossiers for aid have to be carefully prepared and presented to donors by recipient countries. Technical assistance personnel should have administrative support, and where the aid is financial, there is a need to plan the implementation of the programme.

Co-ordination and monitoring are also important. There should be a close relationship between the donor and the recipient state so that a full understanding of each other's position and intention can be achieved.

Tom Soper