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UN to West: Hey, Give the Poor $5 Billion!

posted at 4:23 am on July 22, 2009 by

The United Nations has a new, yet old plan: it wants the West to donate five billion dollars to the world’s poor. Five billion. At a time when the West itself is trying to overcome one of the deepest recessions in history, made worse by lefty governments who are determined to put their countries in debt for years if not decades to come.

John Holmes, the UN humanitarian chief, said on Tuesday that more than $4.8bn of the agency’s $9.5bn target for the year had yet to be raised – the biggest ever shortfall at the mid-year mark.

UN projects that could be affected include those which provide shelter, food, water and medical aid, and those that clear landmines and help people improve their agricultural output.

Right.

Well, guess what. We all feel bad for the world’s poor, but history has taught us that giving money to them isn’t a solution. A bold, new approach is needed. We have to develop some kind of system to help the poor help themselves.

Africa has already received two Marshall plans in foreign aid. Two. Yet, it continues to be the poorest continent on earth. Why? Because you can give a million dollar to a hobo, but he’ll throw it all away within a couple of years time with nothing – except for some new addictions and wild parties – to show for it.

You can’t possibly ‘help’ the poor by giving them more money, by giving them food, etc. but not the means and know-how to produce the goods they need. That’s what the vocal point should be: teaching them how to take care of themselves.

Until and unless such a plan exists, foreign aid should be put to a halt. That may not sound very compassionate, but it’s more helpful in the long run than giving them money time and again, only to see them throw it all away.

Michael van der Galien blogs at PoliGazette. You can follow him on Twitter.

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Since the UN handles money so well. See Oil for Food…

Wethal on July 22, 2009 at 8:12 AM

if you really want to help people in third world nations, here is a great website to do it. It is called Kiva and you give loans to people with a business plan. There is even a schedule of payback. The whole idea that your donation helps one group and when they pay the loan back you loan it to someone else. I think it is a pretty cool idea.

sammypants on July 22, 2009 at 9:57 AM

Sammypants: that sounds like what I’m talking about. I have to check it out a bit more, of course, but the way you describe it: very nize.

Wethal: exactly. They’re experts. Heh.

Michael van der Galien on July 22, 2009 at 2:51 PM

they should ask the saudis before they come to us!

homesickamerican on July 22, 2009 at 3:23 PM

ITS ALL GEORGE BUSH’S FAULT, HIM AND HIS EVIL VICE PRESIDENT!!!
I HAVE BEEN TO AFRICA, AND ARABIA QUITE A BIT, YES I AM A REAL SAILOR.

IT WOULD TAKE ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD TO BRING AFRICA UP TO AMERICAN STANDARDS, ALL OF IT.

THE AFRICANS HAVE BEEN KILLING EACH OTHER SINCE TIME BEGAN, THEY ARE NOT GOING TO STOP FOR US.

AFRICANS SOLD AFRICANS INTO SLAVERY, DO YOU THINK A BUNCH OF AMERICANS OR EUROPEANS WERE RUNNING AROUND THE SAVANNAHS OR JUNGLES CATCHING AFRICANS TO SELL?? ARE YOU CRAZY, THERE IS STILL SLAVERY IN AFRICA.

OF COURSE IT IS ALL GEORGE BUSH’S FAULT, HIM AND HIS EVIL VICE PRESIDENT!!!!

Conservativesailor on July 22, 2009 at 7:53 PM

THE WORST THE WORST THE WORST THING YOU CAN DO IS PUT THE UN IN CHARGE OF ANYTHING, ANYTHING

OF COUSE IT IS ALL GEORGE BUSH’S FAULT, HIM AND HIS EVIL VICE PRESIDENT!!!

Conservativesailor on July 22, 2009 at 7:56 PM