Foreign Aid – or Injury?

Sunday, December 16, 2018

What is it

Many of us might think that developed nations should lead the effort to end global poverty. But decades of foreign aid—from governments and non-governmental organizations—have failed to produce sustainable growth in the developing world. How can we empower local actors to become self-sufficient rather than dependent on foreign aid? Is there a way to help those in the developing world without inadvertently giving more power to corrupt dictators? Do developed nations have an obligation to fight global poverty the right way? Debra and Ken enlist the aid of Dartmouth economist John Welborn.

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Harold G. Neuman

Friday, December 14, 2018 -- 11:38 AM

Seems to me that programs

Seems to me that programs which offered something other than money have been tried: my brother served in the Peace Corps. There was also something called VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). I believe there have been other such mentorship-related efforts over the years, but those mentioned are the only ones which readily come to mind. Now, I don't know much about the success/failure rates of these past (and/or present) programs, nor do I know cost/benefit ratios. However, if we don't want to throw too much money to the wind, we might try to figure out how to design and/or improve the delivery of hands-on assistance---if anyone even wants to work in third-world, poverty-stricken areas. Maybe that's why such helping-hand assistance fell out of favor? If such is the case, I have no other suggestions.

 
 

John Welborn, Dartmouth College

 
 

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