US says recipient countries to have a say in aid spending

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has said the Obama administration will share control over U.S. foreign aid with recipient countries, ending Washington’s longtime policy of "dictating" to those nations how to spend the money.

The secretary’s remarks are certain to ignite a heated debate about the role foreign governments — mostly in developing countries — should play in deciding how to spend American taxpayers’ dollars.

Traditionally, Washington has made all such decisions and had tight control over spending, mainly out of concern about corruption in Third World countries. It has also disagreed with local governments over the best use of the money.

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