Waylaid Dialectic

July 6, 2011

Prohibitionists Sans Frontiers?

Filed under: Aid — terence @ 6:43 am

Quick thought: if the respective focus of development work was proportionate to the actual magnitude of the problems experienced in developing countries, we would spend *a lot* more time working on alcohol related issues.

This isn’t a Kristof type argument — i.e. poor countries are poor because people spend too much money on alcohol — but rather a reflection on the inescapable fact that in poor countries alcohol causes major problems, particularly for the poor. And particularly for the poor women and children who have to deal with the consequences of their husbands drinking.

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  1. […] Terence at Waylaid Dialectic rightfully voices a common concern held by many involved in development, but one that is usually reserved for mildly paternalistic banter around the ambassador’s dinner table: Quick thought: if the respective focus of development work was proportionate to the actual magnitude of the problems experienced in developing countries, we would spend *a lot* more time working on alcohol related issues. […]

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