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Last Updated: Thursday June 09 2005 14:34 GMT

What is aid?

African children at feeding station
It is the word used to describe the help given to poor nations by richer countries.

Some of the money comes from governments...

some comes from international organisations...

some comes from groups who work abroad such as Oxfam, Save the Children and Christian Aid...

and some comes from fund-raising organisations in the UK like Comic Relief.

There are several different types of aid:

Emergency or humanitarian aid is money given to help people who have been affected by a massive disaster such the Asian tsunami on Boxing Day 2004.

Bilateral aid is money given from one government to another.

Bilateral aid may have strings which tie it to the country giving the money. This means for example, that if the UK government pays to build a dam, UK builders will do work.

Multilateral aid is money given by governments to international organisations such as the World Bank and the United Nations.

These international organisations spend the money on things like food for people in Africa.

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