GOAL has asked the Irish government to seek an explanation from the Ethiopian government for the army's behaviour. Also, last week a World Bank commissioned report warned donors to cut aid to Uganda over the next three years citing concerns for increasing levels of corruption and recent political developments "which have jeopardised Uganda's development agenda". Two weeks ago the UK Government withheld £10 million from the Ugandan aid budget, quickly followed by the Irish Governmentís decision to cut its aid by €2 million.
Both Governments will benefit from the Blair/Brown debt relief initiative, agreed at the weekend.
Incredibly, the Irish government will channel €60 million through the Ethiopian and Ugandan governments in the current year.