Fin de siècle in aid?

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Last week's OECD report showing for the first time since 1997 a decline in global aid, combined with a gradual disillusionment with the Millennium Development Goals and Nancy Birdsall's newest piece on the end of the golden age of aid, can lead one to doubt the future of the aid industry.

In times of uncertainty, it's good to look for things that don't change, such as the debate between Bill Easterly and Jeffrey Sachs. For a representative sample watch Mr. Easterly equate scaling up of aid, to scaling up of failure and read Mr. Sachs' recipe for rapid victories against extreme poverty.

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