Subject: Audio: East Timor aid “never made it to the people”

East Timor aid "never made it to the people" August 05, 2009 06:19 AM PDT

East Timor's President Jose Ramos Horta has urged the Australian Government to review its policy on aid to East Timor.

He claims that three billion dollars in recent western aid, quote, "never made it to the people".

Mr Horta says most of the funds were swallowed up by consultants, study missions, reports and recommendations.

He even claims that poverty levels in Timor are on the rise despite billions in aid.

Dr Tim Anderson from the aid monitoring group AID/WATCH spoke with Ann Deslandes about the uses and abuses of Australian aid money in East Timor and the region.

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