Written By: - Date published: 10:11 am, July 18th, 2010 - 5 comments
The 24 hour news cycle. The 20 second slot. The soundbite. The pithy headline. We have short attention spans. Today’s tragedy is yesterday’s dim memory. I am usually as guilty as most, and this article in The Guardian was a sharp reminder. Haiti: six months on.
Written By: - Date published: 7:33 am, May 28th, 2010 - 18 comments
Murray McCully is still smarting from the Aid community so strongly (and correctly) objecting to his destruction of our world leading NZAID program, that he continues to kick them. Not content with last year’s 75% cut to the funding of the NGOs umbrella group The Council for Development, he has now suspended $26 million paid to NGOs like World Vision, Oxfam and Save the Children.
Written By: - Date published: 6:31 am, January 15th, 2010 - 9 comments
The enormity of the disaster that has hit Haiti is becoming more apparent by the hour. It is thought that tens of thousands, if not 100,000, are dead and many more are injured, trapped, or homeless. It is estimated that 60% of buildings in the capital, Port-au-Prince, have been destroyed. All infrastructure is heavily damaged. The government, already weak, has […]
Written By: - Date published: 11:18 am, July 10th, 2009 - 35 comments
Why are we giving $10 million a year in aid to Niue with a population of 1600? It’s $6250 per person each bloody year. About half their GDP (most of the rest is remittances). We finance their whole government. We’ve given them an extra $20 million (ie one whole year’s GDP) over the last five […]