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What's the best way to help developing nations?

Is it best to just give resources to third-world countries or is education the best way to go?

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  • Feb 13 2013: The first step in sincerity is to ask the leaders of these nations what they really want to achieve. Most of the developing nations do have leaders who have no clue about what it takes to lead a modern nation. Even more important is that these nations should be helped to stabilize politically.
    Order is the first step to progress; but sometimes the complications brought about by foundational complexities makes it hard for these nations to attain stability.

    I'd say that the major work depends on the leaders and citizens of the nations. After all what is the use of trying to rescue someone who hides a bottle of poison in his pocket and sips it at regular intervals?
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    Feb 14 2013: Leave them alone and allow them to have their journey.
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    Feb 13 2013: If they're developing, that means they're doing pretty well on their own already? I guess wait until they ask for help. But of course we are always in conversation with other nations, and we help simply by keeping dialogue open. And they also help us.
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    Feb 12 2013: Hi Gavin,
    I believe the best way to start, is to ask them what they want or need. Too often, we charge into other countries, build roads and airports, when what they really need is clean drinking water, food and shelter. I do not always see our efforts as an attempt to help "them", but rather an attempt to help ourselves by giving what we think "they" "should" have. We need to ask, genuinely listen, and work with them to help them be more self sustaining.
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    Feb 12 2013: I have just finished reading a worthwhile book that addresses this issue carefully, representing both the typical 'left" and the typical "right" angle as well as examining empirically for eighteen countries how extremely poor people make economic, health, education, and work decisions to their families, why the poor cannot get insurance and bank accounts that are so easy to obtain in developed countries and the effect that has relative to contexts in which people have access to those sorts of services, and so forth, what has worked on the ground that you might expect wouldn't and what has not worked that you might expect would..

    The book is called Poor Economics, by Abhijit Banurjee and Esther Duflo.
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    Feb 12 2013: pat gilbert is on his way here to post the link to the six killer apps, so i won't bother finding it
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      Feb 12 2013: Far too esoteric Mr. Pinter.
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      Feb 13 2013: Plus the six killer apps seem less important if you're dying of cholera. Really I think the first killer app should be "Live somewhere that isn't prone to natural disasters".
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        Feb 13 2013: we had cholera in europe, but not anymore. what happened?

        you continue to disappoint me with your refusal of any sort of thinking and analysis.
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          Feb 13 2013: Have you never wondered why the vast majority of developed nations are all at similar latitudes? I can't even think of an ancient civilisation that developed in the tropics. I forgot how specific I need to be when talking to you Krisztián. I was going for the idea that its hard for a nation to develop when it's located in an area that is prone to disease. Perhaps malaria or amoebic dysentery. It doesn't matter how good your medicine is if every body of open water is in effect an incubator as room temperature is the same as body temperature. Medicine just can't keep up.
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    Feb 12 2013: I believe we should start with the most basic need - clean water - then work up from there: food, birth control, health care, education, in that order.
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    Feb 12 2013: Self help is always the best.....

    Ensuring no intrusion / invasion in any form from any corner can be another good help
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      Feb 12 2013: Isn't protection invasive and inconsistent with self-help?
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        Feb 12 2013: Yes, thats why it's not the best.
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        Feb 12 2013: To offer more than one options....
        Instead saying "Ensuring" it would be better to say "don't intrude /invade"
        Any concern ?
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          Feb 12 2013: Yes. I agree heartily with your opinion that self-help is the BEST! Perhaps I need to know who you are suggesting should "ensure no intrusion/invasion"? I was assuming you were suggesting some outsiders would provide that service which is in itself an invasive process. Are you suggesting the developing country itself should ensure no intrusion/invasion? If so I have no concern about your suggestion.
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        Feb 13 2013: Sorry for being too vague in my communication......I didn't want to say some outisder should provide any protection service to "ENSURE no invasion /intrusion"....rather wanted to say outsiders should control their own instinct of invasion / intrusion......

        Outsiders not only includes countries but also includes organisations like WB, IMF ....

        However , yes developing country again have to help self to fight back of their own those intrusion /invasion
  • Feb 12 2013: Again - one must know the particular facts.