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Whose world to gain?

Category: News

26 Oct 2013

The Netherlands government has kindly provided an English language version of its new development policy document.  Countries that remain ‘aid’ recipients are confined to a select few that are unable to solve their poverty problems single-handedly. They are mainly conflict-affected and post-conflict countries, with some defined also as fragile states, or countries with insufficient capacity to reduce poverty effectively without assistance. The countries in this category are Afghanistan, Burundi, Mali, the Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, South Sudan and Yemen.  For other countries, the relationship will either be ‘transitional’, implying a mix of aid and trade, or simply based on mutual interests through trade. They also note, on p. 16 of the report that: “The situation in fragile states and conflict countries gives cause for concern. These countries are in danger of being left far behind the rest of the world politically, socially and economically. They also represent a threat in terms of regional stability, radicalisation and terrorism, transnational crime, and illegal migration, trade flows and supplies of raw materials. One and a half billion people in these countries face a difficult if not impossible task to break free from poverty. A positive development is that the number of deaths in conflicts has declined from 180,000 in the 1980s to 50,000 between 2000 and 2010″. 


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