Thursday, July 06, 2006

International Poverty Pimps

Here's an absolute scandal: One-quarter of the world's development aid to poor countries is going to consultants and close to another 25 percent is "swallowed in administration costs, double counting of debt relief, tied aid, donor aid that is allocated to geopolitical and commercial priorities and domestic refugee spending in donor countries," according to a new report by ActionAid International. The bottom line: half of all development aid doesn't reach the poor. InterPress News Service has the details.

The report, called RealAid 2, can be found here.

2 comments: said...

Hello Robert, I just finished reading your book, which I greatly enjoyed. Part of my job involves cataloging photos for the Photoshare project (, which is a photo collection covering a wide range of subjects in international development, with a focus on public health. The photos in our collection are free for educational and non-profit use, as a service to those organizations seeking to communicate health and development issues through photography. We have some photos of squatters and squatter communities, including photos of Kibera from one of our frequent contributors based in Kenya. However, we are always looking for more photos showing the realities of both urban and rural life in developing countries. If you have any photos you would be willing to share from your time living in various squatter communities, please feel free to get in touch with me through our website listed above.
Thanks, Sean Stewart

Anonymous said...

This is the best definition I ever saw of what a Poverty Pimp is.