Saturday, December 16, 2017

Aid and politics: Lobbying Washington does not come cheap

Using funds from the aid budget, Norway has paid consultant rates of up to NOK 30,000 (almost USD 5,000) a day in a project that aims to make White House staff and Congress double US funding of global forest aid. Norwegian aid officials were deeply sceptical about using aid funds for these purposes, but they were overruled, documents obtained by Development Today show.

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