08 October 2009

Does the Guardian care about Development?

I generally applaud the Guardian's Katine project for the attention it brings to development. But I am exasperated by the lack of clarity on issues this important.
Does the Tory party care about aid
In a recent green paper on international development, the Conservative party sought to establish its commitment to aid.
Aid is not the same thing as development. They cannot be used interchangeably. They are not synonyms.

Development happens when governments have strong leadership pointing in the right direction. External assistance can help, and it can take many forms, of which aid is one.

Treating aid and development as if they are interchangeable narrows our thought and blocks off discussion of all the other ways that rich countries can help poor people enjoy better lives.

On a different note, I want to meet the 7% of Guardian readers who vote conservative. And the 14% of Torygraph readers who vote labour. Who are these people?

1 comment:

Ranil Dissanayake said...

Correct and correct. This annoys me, too. One manifestation of this is that in 90% of mainstream articles about development, trade and barriers to it is never mentioned.

The Grauniad is still the paper I read, but it's Africa coverage is beyond appalling.

On your other note, the Torygraph is a terrible paper, but there are cricket fans who vote labour but still want to read Michael Atherton's articles. Speaking entirely hypothetically, of course.

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