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  • In 1998 net official foreign aid to Eritrea was US$135.8 million; in 2002 it reached US$217.6 million. The government of Eritrea prefers private-sector investment to official aid programs, and its relations with aid-dispensing nations and international institutions have often been difficult. Eritrea now rejects foreign aid and aspires to be a self-reliant nation, viewing aid as a way to cripple a society. This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Library of Congress Country Studies.