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‘Trade not aid’ hits small businesses

06 March 2014 | by Abigail Frymann Rouch | Comments: 0

CAFOD is warning that the Department for International Development’s (DfID) new focus on trade rather than aid is ignoring small businesses, which employ some of the poorest people in developing nations, writes Abigail Frymann.Graham Gordon, head of public policy at the Catholic aid agency, told a panel discussion in the House of Commons last week of Cafod’s concerns. During the discussion the Minister for International Development, Alan Duncan, said his department’s focus under the coalition was “the great driver of development – economics”. This marked a shift away from aid, said Mr Duncan, which “only gets you so far”.Mr Duncan explained that DfID was focusing on facilitating trade in countries such as Uganda by helping to reduce the time ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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