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I am NOT watching Live8*

July 1, 2005

I’ve been thinking this for the last few weeks and this article on the BBC website prompts me to write on the subject.

It is Trade not Aid which will help the African continent. Wiping away their debt is a commendable first step. But until the same people who Geldof will look to for support are those who should be held accountable. The West has for too long looked on the ‘Dark Continent’ as something which is not really it’s concern but can be used to meet an objective (think of Nigeria and Oil). So corrupt governments are propped up and it is these governments who are the cause of the problem. We need to open up our trade borders and look at the aid we provide. Aid has its place in emergencies, but ultimately, it ends up in the pockets of the receiving government, or even worse, in the pockets of consultants who ‘help’ these countries spend the aid wisely. But trade should also be fair. When the price of commodities like Coffee, Tea and Chocolate fall, it is the small farmers in far away villages who suffer.

More info:

Make Poverty History

Trade not Aid

Fairtrade

<<End of Rant>>

* Ok. I will watch it. But I hope I got your attention.

 

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2 Comments
  1. "Hahhaha" – that was my response a the last line… u sure did get my attention! well written.

  2. i love your blog, great !

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