How often do you hear or read about sustainable development in the news? WHY?   Leave a comment

English: Sustainability chart

English: Sustainability chart (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




1) What springs to mind when you hear the term ‘sustainable development’?
2) What is sustainable development?
3) In which countries is sustainable development most important?
4) How is sustainable development linked to standard of living?
5) What is your country’s policy on sustainable development?
6) What organizations think that sustainable development is important?
7) How often do you hear or read about sustainable development in the news?
8) What happens if countries ignore issues related to sustainable development?
9) Do you know of any sustainable development projects that have worked?
10) Is sustainable development more important for the developed or developing world?



1) Is sustainable development possible in today’s world in which people are becoming richer and consuming more of the Earth’s natural resources?
2) Is sustainable development real or is it just theory and a topic for inter-governmental meetings?
3) Would you be able to sustain yourself?
4) How important is sustainable development in relation to issues like climate change, poverty, terrorism, etc?
5) What problems does a lack of sustainable development lead to?
6) What roles do countries like the USA, China, Russia and India have in sustainable development?
7) How can there be sustainable development when the world’s population is moving from the countryside into cities?
8) What questions about sustainable development would you like answered?
9) Do you think sustainable development is an interesting an important topic?
10) Do you think people will be talking about sustainable development 50 years from now?


Foreign aid or (development assistance) is often regarded as being too much, or wasted on corrupt recipient governments despite any good intentions from donor countries. In reality, both the quantity and quality of aid have been poor and donor nations have not been held to account.

There are numerous forms of aid, from humanitarian emergency assistance, to food aid, military assistance, etc. Development aid has long been recognized as crucial to help poor developing nations grow out of poverty.

In 1970, the world’s rich countries agreed to give 0.7% of their GNI (Gross National Income) as official international development aid, annually. Since that time, despite billions given each year, rich nations have rarely met their actual promised targets. For example, the US is often the largest donor in dollar terms, but ranks amongst the lowest in terms of meeting the stated 0.7% target.

Furthermore, aid has often come with a price of its own for the developing nations:

  • Aid is often wasted on conditions that the recipient must use overpriced goods and services from donor countries
  • Most aid does not actually go to the poorest who would need it the most
  • Aid amounts are dwarfed by rich country protectionism that denies market access for poor country products, while rich nations use aid as a lever to open poor country markets to their products
  • Large projects or massive grand strategies often fail to help the vulnerable as money can often be embezzled away.

This article explores who has benefited most from this aid, the recipients or the donors.

This web page has the following sub-sections:

  1. Governments Cutting Back on Promised Responsibilities
    1. Rich Nations Agreed at UN to 0.7% of GNP To Aid
    2. Almost all rich nations fail this obligation
    3. Some donate many dollars, but are low on GNI percent
    4. Aid beginning to increase but still way below obligations
    5. 2011: first aid decline in years
  2. Foreign Aid Numbers in Charts and Graphs
    1. Aid money is actually way below what has been promised
    2. Side note on private contributions
    3. Side Note on Private Remittances
    4. Adjusting Aid Numbers to Factor Private Contributions, and more
    5. Ranking the Rich based on Commitment to Development Private donations and philanthropy Are numbers the only issue?



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