The Attack on World Poverty - Book Launch
For the last 50 years or so there have been attempts - some not very determined, some more serious - to tackle world poverty. The Attack on World Poverty, by Benny Dembitzer, claims that very little, if anything, has actually changed at grassroots in the poorest countries. There are more poor people than ever before. What are the reasons?
The key argument of the book is that the size of the challenges - of the problems to be surmounted - is much bigger than the resources available to meet them. New aid going into Africa, for example, is only about 20% of the money that leaves Africa every year. Under those conditions development becomes a very difficult target to reach. Benny argues the wrong targets have been aimed for.