Foreign aid

Just a short post on foreign aid to keep up with the other blogs. Really, this is just an excuse to link to some interesting stuff everyone should read.

Thirty-five years ago Canada set a benchmark for foreign aid. Sadly, we have yet to reach that benchmark, and our government refuses to make this benchmark high priority. Why is this benchmark important? It is thought by many that if doner nations reached this promised goal, enough money would be raised to reach the UN millennium development goals and virtually eradicate world poverty.

Thanks in large part to pop-culture figures African poverty is now on the public’s radar. However, much of the message fails to get through. World Poverty is not incurable. Rich nations are not giving enough, and they are taking too much. Some ‘solutions’ , such as structural reform, harm those we are trying to help. All lives are equally worth saving, whether within a nation that subscribes to western democratic principles , neo-liberal economic principles, or neither. With over 1 billion people living on less than $1 a day, current G8 proposals to forgive the debt of ~ 20 nations only scratch the surface and ignore 80 other nations.

No comets were harmed in the creation of this post.

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1 Comment

  1. Manatee said,

    Monday, 4 July 2005 at 2:47 pm

    Gnomes is on assignment visiting half of the G8 nations over the next few weeks.–>


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