Governments must accept
that the root causes of poverty, inequality and climate change will never be
addressed without substantial reforms to the global economy. In the meanwhile,
the post-2015 development goals need to be much more ambitious about preventing
avoidable poverty-related deaths within an immediate timeframe.
The international response to the East African crisis is far short of urgent needs, yet the extreme deprivation being reported is only the tip of the iceberg. A massively upscaled redistribution of resources from North to South is needed if we are to prevent needless poverty-related deaths worldwide, write Rajesh Makwana and Adam Parsons.
After decades of failing to address the root causes of
poverty and inequality, the aid industry is bigger than ever. Is it time
some serious soul-searching on the value of ‘development’? A review of
Warah's 'Missionaries, Mercenaries and Misfits', by Anna White.
While the burden of debt is crippling poorer nations, cancellation of what is outstanding is not enough. There is an urgent need to restructure the current financial framework if a sustainable solution is ever to be realised, argues Justin Frewen.
Despite international commitment to the Millennium Development Goals, a recent UN report revealed that poverty will not be halved in any sub-Saharan country by 2015, indicating yet another failure of the system of aid and stregthening the call for a more robust international strategy to secure economic justice for developing countries.
The latest overseas aid figures are no suprise to the developing world,
writes Adam Parsons. Broken promises will continue to make newspaper
headlines until the deeper contradictions and biases of the current
economic approach are addressed.