What's wrong with Aid

The Famine Myth

Public education and awareness

If I stopped you on the street and told you that the spectre of famine was once again stalking the African continent, that millions were at risk of starving to death, what would be your reaction? If you’re the average North American or European, you would probably shake your head sadly and wonder when these people were going to get it together in terms of limiting population growth and producing enough food to feed themselves. More charitably, you might blame the weather and continued drought in some regions. These are the three famine myths – not enough food, too many people, bad weather – that permit famine to strike again and again in the developing world with not so much as a peep of outrage from us, the increasingly obese developed world.

Trade Not Aid – A Rallying Cry That Sounds Like A Good Idea.

Trade Not Aid – This has become a rallying cry for a number of causes and businesses. It sounds like a good idea, particularly as it appeals to the Protestant ethic of work over charity as the preferred means of economic advancement. But both terms in the equation are loaded with history and ambiguity. This two-part essay dissects the argument and demonstrates that some aid is detrimental and some trade is beneficial but like with everything else in the world, simple formulations are simplistic and simplistic ideas are dangerous.