Will power

Readers' Views No 298, Q1 2014
OECD Observer

I have been involved in this discussion for 50 years now and appreciate the points made by both sides ("Ending poverty", oecdinsights.org). However strong their quoted "indicators" may be, the true fact is that all the "political will" in the world has proved to be completely worthless. Having worked in many countries around the world, I know that the biggest barrier to alleviating poverty is corruption.

It forms part of the norm, albeit in different degrees, in so many countries. Some Middle Eastern countries have set laws and monetary systems in place, which are starting to have a major impact on "traditional" ways of working. Perhaps lessons could be learned from these countries, from whom advice may be more readily accepted by lands where it is endemic.

—Philip Hodkinson


At last, the debate about poverty and inequalities (national and global) comes face-to-face with its nemesis: this they call "political will". I like the sound of it, considering everything and almost anything has been tried by rich donor countries/NGOs/corporate foundations. […]Can we have more of this "political will" as the main ingredient of development work and foreign aid?

—Lily Hidalgo


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