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Why the world needs independent aid critics: the video

Easterly talks with the John Templeton Foundation on the need for independent aid critics to challenge the mainstream development industry,  and how successful development actually happens.

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  1. Jess wrote:

    Huh. Never seen Bill before – he looks/sounds so sweet and gentle – you’d never think this Santa could bear such bitterness…

    Posted June 18, 2010 at 10:02 am | Permalink
  2. Ana wrote:

    I agree 99%! On the one hand, it is very easy to make mistakes and use ‘good intentions’ as an excuse to expand production into new markets… and get rid of excess capacity of subsidized industries (corn, anyone?). On the other hand, it is very hard to find a program that gives people the tools to truly develop themselves.

    It is always been much easier and safer to just focus on AID, undermining the local industry, undermining those (workers) that do not wish to collect rents, fostering a population of dependent government (officials) that act as zombies and vote with their donors at the UN and so on (no further questions asked–ever)!

    Very sad reality, that will take years to be transformed by good teachers (such as you and your team) that are not on the payroll of those Multilateral Agencies.

    Cheers to AID watchers, please keep up with your great work of asking the hard questions no one likes to hear!

    Posted June 18, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

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    The Aid Watch blog is a project of New York University's Development Research Institute (DRI). This blog is principally written by William Easterly, author of "The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics" and "The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good," and Professor of Economics at NYU. It is co-written by Laura Freschi and by occasional guest bloggers. Our work is based on the idea that more aid will reach the poor the more people are watching aid.

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