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.
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.
Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, is home to a rich and very diverse wildlife. Nearly one-fifth of the country are protected national parks or nature reserves. However, plans of a new large scale canal project to connect the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean, risks destroying the country’s unique ecosystems and wild life. Determined to lift Nicaragua out of poverty and unemployment, the government have made plans to create a new shipping route through Nicaragua. This would offer an alternative to the existing Panama Canal, which has been a key conduit for international maritime trade crossing from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean for one hundred years.