Angelina Jolie visiting refugee camps in Africa, George Clooney fighting for Darfur, Shakira building schools, etc, etc. It seems we are surrounded by open-handed people. What would the world do without these superstars saving the world?
Bilateral development aid and conditionality have been going hand in hand for several years, and are often linked to neoliberal reforms or human rights. Lately, state leaders and the civil society in the Global North have been campaigning for gay rights in the Global South.
Economist Raúl Prebisch was among the first to realize that developing countries are better off producing their own goods than importing from the developed countries. But without “a little help from my friends”, ideas are not easy to spread.