Magazine article New Internationalist

Summing Up

Magazine article New Internationalist

Summing Up

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goal of ending aid dependence is a laudable one. But the suggested by Moyos thesis - that the free market can lead the bottom billion out of poverty - is both fanciful and outPerhaps we should be shouting 'make aid history' but assume that aid either causes or cures poverty is to fetishize This diverts attention away from other more important and goals. For example, closing tax havens to lessen capital from Africa. Promoting trade justice to reduce poverty. strategies for environmental justice. Having created warming it is up to industrialized nations to pay the costs its impacts on the developing world. This isn't charity, it is and the benefits are global.

Moyo is rightly outraged that official development aid gives so power to donors and so little to the electorates in receiving But solidarity aid, to help grassroots and civil society organizations in the global South, is quite a different kettle of fish, as Glennie and others have pointed out. …

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