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'Development in reverse'

"'Development in reverse'" Continued...

Issue: "Effective Compassion," Sept. 1, 2007

COLLIER: The major Christian organizations are not bamboozled. World Vision, which is by far the largest, strongly endorses The Bottom Billion (see the back cover) and invited me to address their annual board meeting. . . . Christian Aid has a severe accountability deficit-its advocacy is out of control. I suppose all those bishops are too busy to get their minds around the issues.

WORLD: You conclude that "aid cannot just be targeted for the photogenic social priorities; it has to be used to help countries break into export markets." What should Americans and Europeans do to provide aid rightly?

COLLIER: Each country needs a focused development strategy and aid needs to fit into this strategy. This will differ between countries. For example, I am just back from Ghana where they have a real chance of getting garments exports established big-time, using the market access to the U.S. afforded by the African Growth Opportunity Act. For this opportunity to be taken, Ghana will need much better export infrastructure for garments-e.g., a well-functioning port and a cluster nearby where power is reliable and transport links are good. This would be a good use for aid.

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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