Foreign Aid

What’s at Stake

Over the years the Government of Pakistan has been in receipt of exponential amounts of foreign aid, in the form of loans, grants etc. for development purposes. According to an article published in the Business Recorded in December 2019, Pakistan received an estimated amount of $66 billion in foreign assistance during financial years 2010-2019 for education, population control and child protection. Despite receipt of such large sums, Pakistan remains at the lowest rungs of development in every field. This is ironic given that while on the one hand Pakistan has one of the world’s highest poverty levels, and on the other, millions are spent each year by the government on luxury cars, travel and other non-essential expenses. In this scenario, it is shocking that the Government should accept foreign aid for development projects and then not follow through with them to arrive at the desired outcomes.

Current Status

PILAP wrote an RTI to the Finance Division asking details about all foreign loans, grants, aid and other funding received from foreign governments, banks, donors and aid agencies during 2010 and 2020, and how the same has been used in development projects and the general uplift of the country.

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