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HORIZON 2025: creative destruction in the aid industry

Horizon 2025, a report by the U.K.-based Overseas Development Institute, says the world’s poorest populations will be in fragile, low-income African countries in 13 years’ time. That’s opposed to current scenarios where poverty is said to be concentrated in middle-income countries.

 

The report further identifies three main rationales it says will guide future development cooperation: provide social welfare, promote mutual economic growth and ensure equitable provision of global public goods like climate finance.

 

Source: http://www.devex.com/en/news/which-donors-would-remain-relevant-in-2025/78647?source=ArticleHomepage_Center_1


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Food aid system smarter, despite old flaws

Food aid system smarter, despite old flaws | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it

Hear the word “famine” and many people imagine convoys of trucks piled high with sacks of grain arriving in a region devoid of food.

 

But in the 21st-century fight against hunger, aid agencies are increasingly deploying cash via food vouchers, text messages or smart cards with electronic chips. If they distribute food, it’s often food bought locally.


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Food aid doing harm?

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A new working paper by researchers including Yale assistant economics professor Nancy Qian has found evidence that American food aid to developing countries may hurt those countries more than it helps.

 

Qian described the unintended consequences as potentially devastating, by spurring conflict between ethnic groups and exacerbating pre-existing strife. The paper also found that the amount of U.S. grain sent abroad depended more on domestic levels of grain production than on the actual need by the recipient countries.


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'In 10 years' time, Ghana may not require any aid at all'

'In 10 years' time, Ghana may not require any aid at all' | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
Ghana is one of Africa's great successes – a stable and thriving country that is testament to the impact of aid.

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LAOS: Aiming to leave least developed country list

LAOS: Aiming to leave least developed country list | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it

The government of Laos has taken the unique step of stating its ambition to graduate from the UN list of Least Developed Countries (LDC) by 2020.


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Why Africa's international image is unfair

Why Africa's international image is unfair | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
Binyavanga Wainaina, Kenyan author and a past winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, argues that the world has got its image of Africa very badly wrong.

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Why Development Aid Is Not Enough

Why Development Aid Is Not Enough | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it

Poverty is not only about not having enough money. It is also about exploitation and oppression, and about armed conflicts and wars that make it impossible to run a business, visit the doctor, or send children to school. In short, poverty is about politics, and the need to devise political solutions to its underlying causes, which involves more than providing money...


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