Sunday, August 27, 2006

Government -- and extreme poverty. How are we doing?

I saw the following post on Atlantic Review

Foreign Policy Magazine writes:
Each year the Center for Global Development and FOREIGN POLICY look past the rhetoric to measure how rich-country governments are helping or hurting poor countries. How much aid are they giving? How high are their trade barriers against imports such as cotton from Mali or sugar from Brazil? Are they working to slow global warming? Are they making the world’s sea lanes safe for global trade?
The Netherlands wins this year's competition, followed by Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Germany ranks at the 9th place and the United States at the 13th. Japan lost again.
British Times two months ago, that little has improved since last year's G8 summit on Africa and the Make Poverty History campaign due to leadership failures and aid cuts:
Kofi Annan, the UN secretary general, is to chair an international group set up by Tony Blair to monitor pledges made to help Africa at last year’s G8 summit, the Prime Minister will announce today. Bob Geldof, the Live8 organiser, and President Obasanjo of Nigeria will also be on the Africa Progress Panel, which will be funded by Bill Gates.
The Atlantic Review wrote about the magnitude of poverty and a popular myth:
Around 29,000 under-fives die every day from causes that are easily prevented, such as diarrhoeal dehydration, acute respiratory infections, measles and malaria. According to a poll, most Americans believe that the United States spends 24 percent of its budget on aid to poor countries; it actually spends well under a quarter of 1 percent.


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At 4:39 AM, Anonymous Maggie said...

The rich-country governments are also hurting their own people, the general public are paying for excessive goverment expenditure for which most is waste, but we vote them in, most people are content as long as their lives are not too effected and they can buy their cars, argos mobile phones, Ikea garden furniture, they will never stand up and be counted so goverments do exactly what they want.

At 12:32 PM, Anonymous Billy said...

Unfortunately, Big Macs and the milk in your morning bowl of cereal contribute just as much, if not more than, Ikea garden furniture to the waste and therefore harm we inflict to less fortunate countries.

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