Quick catch up: What you may have missed in global development.
The staff at Dóchas hope you had a good rest over the Christmas period, and we wish you a very good 2014. The coming year will be an interesting one, and in this blog post we have set out what some of the key policy moments of the year will be.
But the world did not stand still over Christmas. Most dramatically, the crises in South Sudan and the Central African Republic making headlines. Irish Aid sent emergency aid to South Sudan and also to the CAR. There were also public calls for more aid to the victims of typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines and to Syria (including by Pope Francis). Several commentators pointed out that aid alone is not the solution to the situation in South Sudan.
- Interestingly, an Irish businessman admitted on RTE radio to paying plenty of bribes in Africa (35 minutes into the show), and the only reaction the presenter could muster was to ask how much one should pay, rather than point out that this is in fact an offence under Irish law.
- But there was also good news from Africa. The Irish Times devoted an article to the issue of the growing middle class on the continent, and this article in The Irish Examiner showed that Liberia and Sierra Leone are world leaders when it comes to per capita health spending.
- This article by Paul Farmer in Foreign Affairs on “Rethinking Foreign Aid” is also worth a read.
- The fallout from the ‘top-up’ scandal at the CRC is also continuing. This letter from The Wheel’s Deirdre Garvey once more makes the point that, by law, members of charity boards are volunteers, and this article provides some guidance on the questions board members should raise.
(Also worth a read: this overview of the charities debate in the Oireachtas)
Finally, as you are dishing your Christmas tree, spare a thought for the workers in Georgia that most likely collected the seeds for the tree you will by for Christmas 2014.
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