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Aid Watch Thanksgiving Thanks

It’s not commonly known that the most skeptical and critical people usually have a strong sentimental streak…at least if I can extrapolate from introspection….

So here goes for what Aid Watch is sincerely thankful for:

For the largest reduction in world poverty in human history, which has already happened in our generation.

For the largest improvement in health and life expectancy in human history, which has already happened in our generation.

For all those who contributed to these successes: whether individuals operating in private, social, nonprofit, charitable, civic, public, aid, or international realms.

For all those who helped themselves and those around them escape poverty through their own efforts.

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4 Comments

  1. Dennis wrote:

    Like.

    Posted November 25, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Permalink
  2. Todd wrote:

    Just wait for Charles Kenny’s book “Getting Better” due out in the Spring.

    Posted November 25, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Permalink
  3. William Easterly wrote:

    Todd, Charles is a major inspiration here.

    Posted November 26, 2010 at 7:58 am | Permalink
  4. azmyth wrote:

    Whenever I get pessimistic about the future, I watch Hans Rosling’s dancing bubbles. We really do have a lot to be thankful for.

    Posted November 26, 2010 at 11:39 am | 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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