Chequebook absolution

A lmost a generation ago, Robert Kaplan’s seminal article The Coming Anarchy in Atlantic Monthly was an etching of Haiti. Outside my hotel in Port-au-Prince was a collision of the horsemen galloping through the piece: disease, environmental degradation, local thugs...

Riding after the horsemen

I think the church’s urge to help after international emergencies or in the face of global absolute poverty needs to be tempered by humility. The frequent – and perhaps understandable – desire to do something when confronted by televised disasters...

21st century aid | Oxfam report

…unlocking poor people’s ability to work their own way out of poverty “W e are now at a crossroads. On the one side, is politically motivated or ineffective aid – much of which still exists today. On the other, and looking to the future, is aid fit for the...

Dateline #3: on deaf ears

… notes and ideas T he United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) appealed for greater attention to be focused on the food security situation in sub-Saharan Africa, where nearly one third of the population is hungry… The FAO warned today that a...