Afghani Scam is how i have just heard the aid industry in Afghan described. They say only 20% of money donated to aid charities actually goes to the 'cause'. My experience was volunteering (self funded) for an animal charity in Africa. I saw a British vet driving a top of the range Discovery, on a Â£40,000 tax free salary and living in a walled villa with stables and a swimming pool. The local vet (who appeared to do all the work) empolyed by this same charity was driving a 30 year old 2CV and still lived with his mother. I was too embarrassed to enquire about his salary. I believe there are exceptions - Medcine San Frontiers, Mines Advisory Group, etc - but the vast majority of these NGO's are 'jobs for the (privately educated) boys'. Agree? Disagree? Anyones 2 peneth worth is welcome - all cash will all be donated to me.