Why Should We Give Foreign Aid?Dec 14, 2018
Do we have a duty to help developing nations escape poverty? Or does foreign aid do more harm than good? What is the best way to end global poverty? These are some of the questions we’ll be in asking in this week’s show on foreign aid.
Harold G. Neuman
Friday, December 14, 2018 -- 11:38 AMSeems 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.
Harold G. Neuman
Friday, June 4, 2021 -- 6:50 AMMany things have happened
Many things have happened since 2018. As to the efficacy of foreign aid, I see little evidence. World population is growing, unsustainably, seems to me. An average person with an ounce of common sense knows that populations and densities are not infinitely supportable on this little blue planet. If over-crowding on land is not sutticiently indicative of this, one need only look at the non-biodegradable trash ending up in the seas....the amount of sea life lost because of said trash and oxygen depletion found in dead zones. Foreign aid is not helping. If anything,, it is, as this post suggests, making matters worse. No one needs a Phd in any related science to see this does not end well.
Nations are, more and more, adopting an 'us first' posture. Who can blame them? Scholars and others, advocating for global community and solidarity, must feel as though they are spitting into the wind. The gale is deafening.
Harold G. Neuman
Saturday, July 17, 2021 -- 6:10 AMHope you have something new
Hope you have something new to offer, this year? The formulary is diminishing. The vacuum bag, getting cold.
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 -- 8:34 AMI would add Education to the
I would add Education to the Trade/Not Aid, Carbon Tax, and Block-Chain triumvirate. The most significant resources of developing nations are intellectual. Intelligence is relative to the social and environmental contexts in which it thrives. Education allows that intelligence to express value which builds prosperity.
The failures of Foreign Aid are overstated. The late Hans Rosling’s book “Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think” has turned me from this pessimism. Mosquito nets have become plastic fodder. Perhaps we need to charge minimal amounts instead of freely distributing these items. An economy can not easily be dictated where values differ.
Foreign Aid needs to allow people to think for themselves, which brings up the case of China. That is a putrid exemplar for growth. Where is the environmental goodness there? Where are the human rights? Competition and deregulation did not foster the transition as much as the sharing/taking of intellectual property (IP.) It will be a Sinophobic century undoubtedly but not a glorious one. They have their own Lives Matter issues and need for reforms.
The climate change bullet is too significant not to take a first and foremost place in the dispensing of Aid (Education could share primogeniture only to spread the learning.)
Debra and Ken did not explore the blockchain angle. John Wellborn needs to be asked back to explicate this in isolation. Blockchain has IP goodness, climate change badness (though there are energy-saving methods), and multicultural seedings that will strike back at the missteps of past Aid giving and development projects. Let’s hear John out on that.