Development aid - On the road to success

THIS week’s budget cut €100m from our international development aid budget, and though it was unavoidable it was nonetheless disappointing.

This is especially true as yesterday’s gladdening report from Bóthar, the international development agency, more accurately reflected Irish attitudes to helping the weak.

Bóthar, who encourage self-help in the Third World by giving farm animals to struggling families, have reported a record response to their spring calf appeal.

These calves will be reared at Shelton Abbey prison by the inmates for up to two years. Once the animals have matured and are in-calf, they will be given to families all across central Africa.

This practical response to world poverty reflects well on all involved. It also shows how effective independent, hands-on action can be.


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