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Re. the Times, "Why has the CDC deserted farmers?", you may be interested in the following newspaper article from 1998:

Aid to be privatised - with bonuses for bosses", headline of an article written by Marie Woolf, political correspondent, in the Independent on Sunday, 15 November 1998 (page 8):

"The first 'ethical' privatisation is being planned by the Government.....

Clare Short, Secretary of State for International Development, is preparing to include a 60 per cent sell-off of the corporation, a state-owned company which invests in poor countries, in the Queen's Speech.

The Government does not want to involve itself in the day-to-day running of the new private company...."

Mary


SATURDAY FEBRUARY 02 2002

'Why has the CDC deserted farmers?'

FROM MICHAEL DYNES IN LUSAKA

MORE THAN 80 per cent of Zambias 10 million people live in grinding poverty. The Commonwealth Development Corporation was designed to help them out of their condition, now they feel it has abandoned them to their fate. Ernest Mtamboh, a development economist who worked for the CDC for eight years until he was made redundant, said that he cannot understand why the agency is abandoning its development role.

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