phantom aid
 n.— «Similarly, the amount of international aid that has poured into the country (like the number of soldiers, not enough) is often invisible, what is sometimes called “phantom aid.” Non-governmental aid organizations, while quick to respond to humanitarian disasters and emergencies, revert to bureaucratic procedures that may see simple projects take two years from idea to implementation, and many NGOs hire consultants, some of whom, Col. Capstick said, “make big promises and are never seen again.”» —“Pitching a long view of Afghan mission” by Christie Blatchford Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada) Oct. 5, 2006. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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