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InsiderOnline Blog: October 2008

Genocide: Funded by the Taxpayer!

When government-backed militias started committing genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, many people urged the United States and other developed countries to “do something.” But many developed countries were already doing something: The members of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee were giving the Sudanese government of Omar al-Bashir a lot of money. A new paper on development aid for dictators from the Mercatus Center provides some details:

… total DAC official development assistance  to al-Bashir from the 1989–2006 period was nearly $7 billion in net disbursements. … approximately 40 percent ($2.7 billion) of that total development assistance has come from the U.S. Further, members of the DAC have made official development assistance commitments to Sudan for another $7 billion. In addition to official development assistance, the United States has also provided hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Sudan, despite the fact that al-Bashir has used the country’s military against certain segments of the Sudanese population.

The paper, by Christopher Coyne and Matt Ryan, totes up all the foreign aid that has been handed out by the Development Assistance Committee to the worst dictators in the world. The 23 dictators listed as the worst in the world in Parade magazine’s annual rankings in either 2006 or 2007 have received a total of $105 billion (in 2006 dollars) from the DAC. An additional $39 billion has been pledged to members of this club.

Posted on 10/20/08 05:10 PM by Alex Adrianson

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