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- 1. But beginning in the 1990s, foreign aid had begun to slowly improve.
- 2. Scrutiny by the news media shamed many developed countries into curbing their bad practices.
- 3. Although the system is far from perfect, it is certainly more transparent than it was when foreign aid routinely helped ruthless dictators stay in power.
- 4. Today, the projects of organizations like the World Bank are meticulously inspected by watchdog groups.