Famine And Hunger

The Leonard Lopate Show

The Realities of International Aid

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Tori Hogan describes how working for a foreign aid organization in Africa made her realize that poorly managed aid can sometimes do more harm than good. In Beyond Good Intentions: A Journey into the Realities of International Aid she offers improvements to the way we offer aid overseas.

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The Takeaway

Hit Hard by Drought, Ethiopia Pleads for Aid

Friday, October 23, 2009

In 1984 famine-ravaged Ethiopia caught the attention of western music stars who garnered an outpouring of western aid and goodwill with fundraisers like "USA for Africa." Twenty-five years later, Ethiopia is again on the brink of disaster. A prolonged drought is devastating harvests and grazing land across swathes of East Africa. On Thursday Ethiopia’s government told aid donors it needs emergency food supplies for more than 6 million people. We talk to the BBC's Will Ross from Kenya, where the drought is also threatening lives and livelihoods, and Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.


The Takeaway


Monday, November 10, 2008

"In this province alone it's estimated there are a million people who have now been left homeless. A fifth of the population."
— Mark Lowen, BBC News