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April 01, 2005

What’s Wrong With the UN Development Agencies.

Robin Cook is surprisingly perspicacious today, managing in just a few words to detail exactly what is wrong with much of the UN:

....but it does not seem unreasonable to demand stronger coordination at the centre to stop the World Bank pursuing neo-liberal policies that are in flat conflict with the development agendas of other UN agencies.

But we’ve had this argument about development, even Oxfam, Bono and Bob Geldof are onside, it is trade not aid, it is precisely the neo-liberal agenda that has been shown to be correct. So that’s exactly what is wrong with the UN development agencies, that they are pursuing the policies that we know to be wrong, the ones that, at best, we can only describe as less efficient than the ones they reject.

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I think you'll find that Oxfam, Bono and Bob Geldof agree that it is Trade AND Aid, not Trade not Aid.

Owen

Posted by: Owen Barder | Apr 2, 2005 5:30:11 PM

Owen, repeating the mantra that "Oxfam agrees with us" does not make it so. Oxfam agree with that trade can be beneficial for the poor. Few disagree with this. Bu this is *NOT* the same as supporting neo-liberalism.

If you want to see what Oxfam REALLY think of trade liberalization, read this:

http://www.maketradefair.com/assets/english/report_english.pdf

Posted by: David Curran | Apr 2, 2005 5:48:37 PM

David

Where did I say Oxfam agrees with neoliberal ideas on trade.

We can debate the details, but Oxfam, Tim and everyone else agress that we could and should reform trade arrangements in ways which would benefit the poor. My point was that, unlike Tim, Oxfam thinks that we should also provide more aid. (As, for what it is worth, do I.)

Owen

Posted by: Owen Barder | Apr 2, 2005 11:28:24 PM

Sorry Owen, i meant to direct that post at Tim. i typed your name by mistake. :)

Posted by: David Curran | Apr 8, 2005 2:11:13 PM

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