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September 24, 2010 1:20 PM   Subscribe

One week. Two development summits. Hundreds of heads of state, development luminaries, CEOs, and social entrepreneurs. Celebrity star power (pdf). No poor people. Aid Watch spent three days trying to make sense of the greatest show on earth to help the world’s lowest.
posted by The Lady is a designer (9 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
People love to get together to share their ideas about what's best for poor people.
posted by killdevil at 1:49 PM on September 24, 2010 [1 favorite]


The snark isn't worth the read. That aidwatchers site is immediately annoying, I mean immediately, with the dismissive adverbial use of the word 'just' in its stupid 'just asking that aid benefit the poor' slogan. It then drops into pessimism, sneering and attempting to poke holes in other peoples solutions, with a little bit of whining thrown in.
posted by IanMorr at 2:03 PM on September 24, 2010 [2 favorites]


@Ian: Not exactly sure what you mean by that. The writer has some clear ideas of what she thinks aid should look like, and she seems to understand that words are just that. I disagree with her that you need to have poor people putting on a minstrel show in order to talk rationally about poverty, but critiquing the aid projects is perfectly valid.
posted by outlandishmarxist at 2:24 PM on September 24, 2010


The only thing that blog entry seems to praise is Barack Obama's meaningless quote about how we should do good things! And stop doing bad things!
posted by theodolite at 2:35 PM on September 24, 2010


Frankly, I wish people would join my campaign to criminalize virtue. Support the three strike law to combat generosity!
posted by Monday, stony Monday at 3:14 PM on September 24, 2010


I thought that this op-ed by Bono about the MDGs was pretty good overall.
posted by hippybear at 3:25 PM on September 24, 2010 [2 favorites]


People love to get together to share their ideas about what's best for poor other people.

FTFY.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 8:37 PM on September 24, 2010


Alternate viewpoint of the same same events and Easterly's views from NextBillion.net
posted by The Lady is a designer at 4:10 AM on September 25, 2010


And an (African) perspective on MDG's from the Lancet's report
posted by The Lady is a designer at 10:39 PM on September 26, 2010


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