Two of my favorite blogs (Chris Blattman, Aid Watch) write about the challenges with UN style aid. The UN set forth the UN Millenium Goals to end poverty (this happened back in 2000). We are coming up on 2010 and many experts question whether these goals will ever be met, and even whether aid is effective. As I am sure you know that this type of aid is “trendy.” Bono loves it… Jeffrey Sachs has become a celebrity promoting it. Many people have jumped on board.
The UN Millenium goals hit on some vitally important areas: end poverty and hunger, universal (primary) education, gender equality, child health, maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, environmental sustainability, and global partnerships. All of these goals match what I am trying to promote with my secondary school international community education program (more info soon). I truly believe these are of extreme importance. Does that mean I follow what the UN and its supporters have to say blindly? No… and you shouldn’t either. So do yourself a favour and add these blogs to your RSS feed (make a New Year’s resolution to follow all the experts):