TED Conversations

This conversation is closed.

If there is so much aid in developing countries, why poverty is increasing in these regions and the industrialized world?

I'm doing a question for my project. Not only that poverty is increasing in the developing world for the worse, it is increasing in the industrialized world, especially the United States.

Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    Dec 8 2012: Trying to eradicate poverty by giving people what poverty won't allow them to get for themselves is like fertilizing and watering to get rid of weeds. The cause (deficient industry/employment) should be treated, not the effect (poverty). People don't need a free ride, they need earning power.
    • Dec 8 2012: "People don't need a free ride, they need earning power."

      ... would have been a nice slogan in 1950, but today most development aid is already geared towards increasing people's earning power.
      • thumb
        Dec 8 2012: Boxes of food, clothing, and condoms is increasing the recipient's earning power how?
        • Dec 9 2012: Condoms are certainyl a lot cheaper than kids, so that's a no brainer, and the vast majority of development aid doesn't come in the form of food, clothing, again, this is not 1950 anymore. These days it's all about setting up businesses, providing micro loans and improving education.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.