Flow of Intra-Commonwealth Aid 1970

Flow of Intra-Commonwealth Aid 1970

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Commonwealth Secretary-General
01 Jan 1972
9781848591905 (PDF)
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  • Framework and Assessment

    This report on the Flow of Intra-Commonwealth Aid for 1970 is the fifth in a series giving a comprehensive statement of official aid flows within the Commonwealth. From the beginning of this series of reports on the flow of official aid, data have been collected and compiled on a programme basis in order to make available aggregate information for individual programmes, such as the Special Commonwealth African Assistance Plan. This information is not elsewhere available on a Commonwealth basis as the Colombo Plan is the only programme for which an annual report is prepared.

  • Summary of Commonwealth Flows of Aid

    Commonwealth countries take part either as suppliers or recipients in many assistance programmes, some of which are intra-Commonwealth while others involve co-operation with non-Commonwealth countries or the UN and its agencies. The purely intra-Commonwealth programmes include the Special Commonwealth African Assistance Plan (SCAAP), the Commonwealth Caribbean Assistance Programme, the various schemes for Commonwealth Education Co-operation, the Colonial Development and Welfare Programmes, the Overseas Service Aid and similar schemes, and the Australia South Pacific Aid Programme. The Commonwealth is associated with non-Commonwealth countries in such programmes as the Colombo Plan, the economic parts of the South East Asia Treaty Organisation, and the Indian General Cultural Scholarship Scheme.

  • Countries Supplying Assistance – Policies

    Among Commonwealth countries, Britain is the most important source of assistance for a number of reasons. However, Canada, Australia and New Zealand provide substantial amounts of aid to both Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth countries. While the major donor countries continue to base their assistance policies primarily on bilateral programmes, they also put strong, and increasing, emphasis on multilateral programmes.

  • The Regional Distribution of Aid

    Nearly half of the total amount of intra-Commonwealth financial assistance is destined for Asian countries and almost a quarter for Oceania, while less than one-sixth goes to African countries. For technical assistance expenditure, however, more than three-fifths is accounted for by African countries while Asia receives less than one-fifth. This chapter concentrates on the distribution of aid on a regional basis while Chapter V looks in more detail at the assistance received by individual countries.

  • Countries Receiving Assistance

    The previous chapter dealt with the flow of intra-Commonwealth assistance on a regional basis and by programme. This chapter deals briefly with the assistance received by individual Commonwealth countries and gives a short summary of recent economic progress, development objectives and policies for each. The statistical tables included in the country studies are based on information provided by the supplying country, supplemented in some instances by data from the receiving country.

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