Posts By Justin Frewen

Trade Not Aid?

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Despite pledges on the part of donor countries in 1970 to spend 0.7% of GNP on official development assistance (ODA), this target is still proving elusive 40 years later. However, many would argue that ODA…

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Debt Burden Cripples Poorer Nations

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Between 1970 and 2002, the Continent of Africa received some US$540 billion in loans. Despite repaying some US$550 billion in principal and interest over the same period, a UN study revealed there was still some…

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Global Hunger

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Despite the expenditure of billions of dollars on development aid and the launch of high-profile initiatives such as the Millennium Development Goals, the blight of hunger has not been defeated. If anything, its grip on…

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Agent Orange

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In 1975, the victorious Viet Minh entered Saigon, the capital of the South, following a 30 year struggle against a range of international forces. For the first time, since its occupation by France in the…

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Global Inequality

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To a large extent, the reality of global inequality is ignored or at best downplayed. However, this has not always been the case. Indeed, in the early 1950s, the first UN resolutions on development focused…

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Poverty in the South

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Despite the wondrous technological developments and global wealth generated since the start of the 19th century, billions of people continue to live in the direst conditions of poverty. While this is clear from even the…

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The George Lee Phenomenon

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With due apologies to Søren Kierkegaard, it is with ‘Fear and Trembling’ that I put fingers to keyboard to contribute to the burgeoning media orgy, commonly known as the “George Lee Phenomenon”. Since the ‘earth-shattering’…

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