Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Real Poverty Barons are Multinational Companies

This is an article WDM wrote for the New Statesman, following up on Justine Greening’s launch into an enquiry into aid spending on consultants. It looks at the wider issue of a pro-privatisation and pro-trade agenda across our aid policy. … Continue reading

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The Solidarity of Dispossession or the Solidarity of Empowerment?

Here is the paper submitted for discussion to the Progressive Development Forum held on 19 July 2012, by Steven Faulkner of the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU).

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Unacceptable images of the majority world

Following on from Philip’s book review in the previous post and the discussion at yesterday’s meeting of the Progressive Development Forum, here are two of the TV ads put out by Save the Children that have caused so much anger … Continue reading

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Supporting or Undermining Real Change: Representations of Global Poverty

What do the fundraising and advocacy messages that International NGOs send out actually tell us about global poverty? How do they help us to understand and respond to it? How do they influence our understanding? These are questions addressed by … Continue reading

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The world of aid-funded business, just £50+VAT

Andrew Gilligan’s piece in today’s Sunday Telegraph is the latest in a long line condemning DFID for channelling hundreds of millions of pounds of aid money to private consultancies each year. This is not a new story; some readers may … Continue reading

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Christian Aid seeks ‘exit strategy’ from aid

Two interesting reflections on the changing of the guard at DFID, as Justine Greening is ‘demoted’ to secretary of state for international development. The ODI’s Jonny Glennie continues his good work reminding people that aid is of limited significance in … Continue reading

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