Rich Countries Have Been Sending Aid to Poor Countries for 60 Years

…and yet poverty is still rampant in many of those countries.

Don’t believe me?

Read this policy analysis from 1986. Or this article from a newspaper in Ottowa in 2006. Or just ask William Easterly.

Simply giving to desperately poor countries will not fix them. It is becoming all too obvious that to truly implement change, members of affluent societies (such as myself) must rethink traditional methods of charity.

One intriguing idea that’s been popping up all over surrounds cell phones. We’ve covered the phenomenon before, and I just saw a great TED talk by Iqbal Quadir, a Bangladeshi social entrepreneur who will convince you that cell phones are doing more for Bangladesh than foreign aid ever has.

If you have 15 minutes to spare, I highly recommend watching:

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