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Submitted by Lucien Peters on
While CFP is to be congratulated for creating the AidFlows tool, the reports it generates are only as good or bad as the data fed into it. It would, however, appear that not enough efforts have been made at harmonizing the format of raw country aid date and at ensuring that all types of aid are adequately captured and allocated realistic valuations. "In-kind-aid" is a classic example of ill-reported aid flows, yet this type of aid has become dramatically more important over the past 10 years, as China in particular has started distributing this type of aid onto developing countries, often through large turn-key infrastructure projects. A lot therefore remains to done on AidFlows to make it a really meaningful tool. Lucien Peters Manassas VA

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