Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Rethink international aid

NO END IN SIGHT FOR GLOBAL CHILD POVERTY!
It is time to look at new models for international aid.
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4 comments

  1. depressing - images that effected me when I was your age - still, 35 years later.

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  2. Dear John,
    These types of photos always affect people no matter what age. Just giving money to poor countries isn't working. We need to think of a better solution to help them.
    MM

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  3. Yes Maelo, a different approach. I support 'Practical Action' - (formally known as 'Intermediate Technology' - a charity based upon principles of the economist E.F Schumacher, espoused in his essays 'Small Is Beautiful - Economics As If People Mattered'. You prob' know about his ideals anyway, and helping people and communities rather than 3rd world governments. Appropriate technology might be a cart that can be fixed to a bicycle (bicycles don't of course need feeding like Ox) or an internet enabled mobile phone - so people can "google" how to get better yield from crops etc. Small loans and practical assistance. In some ways what (we) might call the 'liberal' society.

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  4. Dear John,
    What a coincidence. I support Practical Action as well and have included a link to them on my other blog!
    If you give a starving man a fish he will be fed one meal. If you give the same man a fishing rod he will be able to feed himself till the rod is broken and can't be used anymore. If you give a man a fishing boat he will be able to feed himself and sell the extra fish to make a living.
    I knew a little about Schumacher's philosopy but my mother has ordered the book from Amazon since you posted your comment above.
    Thank you
    MM

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