If you only read one thing this week…

The Hijacking of the Aid Debate: How Friedman and Sachs got it Wrong by Anna
March 28, 2011, 2:39 pm
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Robin Broad and John Cavanagh provide a provocative analysis of the last few decades’ debate about foreign aid in this article. They tear apart famous authors Thomas Friedman and Jeffrey Sachs, who have both written popular books describing their theories for ending poverty. According to Cavanagh and Broad though, they’ve got it wrong. Instead, Sachs and Friedman have succeeded in normalizing some of the world’s greatest myths about ending poverty. Sachs and Friedman’s solutions were so popular that they have been fervently followed by well-meaning rock stars such as Bono of U2, movie stars, politicians, and other public figures. Cavanagh and Broad believe these simplistic myths have derailed the aid debate, and a more complete understanding of poverty and each unique context is a better solution. Read the article here to reach your own conclusions.


Can sustainable farming feed the world? by Anna
March 14, 2011, 12:15 pm
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Modern industrialized farming practices are hotly debated, such as genetically modified food (GMOs). This New York Times opinion article asks if simple old-fashioned farming could help us feed the global population longer than industrial techniques? Read here to learn more about this debate and form your own opinion.