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“Short-term aid must not undercut the long-term power of local markets in Nepal” urges Ambassador Curtis S. Chin

Curtis S. Chin speakerWriting for the Wall Street Journal, former Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank Curtis S. Chin argues that whilst Nepal clearly needs vital help, following the April 25 earthquake and May 12 aftershock, “Well-intentioned assistance by donor nations and international aid organisations may make things worse in the long run if they discourage entrepreneurship and self-reliance.”

Curtis outlines three areas where the international community can ensure its response to this latest natural disaster does not undermine Nepal’s struggling private sector and its long-term success:

  1. Aid delivery must recognise and leverage the innate resilience of the people of Nepal.
  2. Aid providers and policy makers must be cognisant of the unintended side effects on Nepal’s economy and society of any extended provision of free, imported humanitarian goods and services.
  3. Most critically, those who seek to assist Nepal, including the country’s own leaders, must create a more conducive environment for business growth and private-sector investment.

Curtis believes that whilst international assistance is appreciated, the “development track record makes clear that even the most well-intended aid programs alone can’t solve Nepal’s enduring problems.”

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Bjørn Lomborg, a leading speaker on addressing the world’s greatest challenges, calls for the reduction of illicit financial flows

Writing for Project Syndicate, convener of the Copenhagen Consensus Center Bjørn Lomborg argues that one of the biggest problems affecting the world’s poor is one that few have ever heard about: illicit financial flows.

The Copenhagen Consensus Center recently asked 62 teams of top economists to determine where limited resources could do the most good by 2030. Bjørn notes that whilst “some of the targets that they identified – such as increased food security, expanded educational opportunity, and improved health care – were unsurprising…one recommendation – curbing illicit financial flows – was unexpected.”

Currently, illicit financial flows amount to nearly ten times the total sum of international aid, usually through “kleptocratic regimes” that channel some of their countries’ wealth into Swiss bank accounts. As such Bjørn believes that curbing the flow of “dirty developmental money” should be a high priority on the next development agenda – just “imagine how much good that money could do if it were channelled toward welfare-enhancing projects.”

Click here to read Bjørn’s proposals to tackle this issue.


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