Much is being said about how to eradicate poverty. Allow me to translate some of this for you:
To eradicate poverty, the international community should pursue a wider and more far-reaching approach to development than was captured in the millennium development goals (MDGs), European thinktanks said on Tuesday.
Although poverty should remain a core focus of the new agenda, the objective should be to tackle its causes by adopting a more inclusive and sustainable development model that emphasises jobs and addresses inequality, according to the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the European Centre for Development Policy Management and the German Development Institute.
Looking at the differing experiences of Nepal, Rwanda, Ivory Coast and Peru, the European report on development stressed the importance of \”national ownership\”. The four were found to confirm the central importance of domestic political and economic policies as well as the external environment in creating opportunities or difficulties.
The report called on richer countries to collaborate in areas important to development such as international financial regulation, trade, migration and climate change. In a message to the EU in particular, the report called on member states to live up to the principle of policy coherence on development (PCD).
Sigh. And the real kicker is here:
\”Official development assistance [ODA] targets will not be reached\”
So, what\’s actually happening out there? ODA targets will not be reached but we\’re actually well ahead of beating the targets for poverty reduction. Thus these tossers are arguing that we must have much more aid, much more government, in the eradication of poverty. The reason they are saying this?
Because they cannot possibly admit what has actually been reducing poverty. That neoliberalism, that globalisation unrestrained and chaotically ungoverned, that has been doing the job. We\’re ahead of the poverty reduction targets, behind on what governments were supposed to be doing. Thus, obviously, it\’s what governments have not been doing that has been reducing the poverty. But, if we then said, great, let\’s do more of what governments aren\’t doing then how could anyone get a nice job telling governments what they should be doing?
Quite: at which point the fuckers can toss off. What\’s more important, that the poor get rich or that a few have nice jobs telling everyone how they ought to get rich?
Let rip with the capitalism and hang the bureaucrats say I.