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Wednesday, 27 January 2010

The ‘great feeling’ of helping third world countries

Some time ago, my university organized an international week. In the main hall, a short film was shown: African people were begging us for help. The film was made to promote an organization that helps students to go to third world countries and do ‘good work’ there. Is this useful? The university is not the only organization to promote ‘good work’ in the third world. The Dutch government is one of the most generous donors to these countries. Their goal is to strengthen democracy and civil society and to combat poverty. The Dutchs spend billions of euros on international help for the poor. Former member of parliament Arend-Jan Boekestijn wrote a book about it: ‘the price of a bad conscience’, in which he claims that these donations are largely useless.

Source: Newropeans Magazine