[FoRK] What Americans Do...

damien morton fork at bitfurnace.com
Wed Jan 5 11:35:29 PST 2005


In the case of Australia's pledge, most of it wil go to Indonesia, a 
neighbor a few hundred miles away, and one where Australia could use 
some good PR.

> I might add that I'm fairly embarrassed that this has degenerated into
> a contest about who can give the most. Where was this 'generosity' in
> Darfur?
> 
> Luis
> 
> 
> On Thu, 06 Jan 2005 02:18:09 +0800, James Tauber <jtauber at jtauber.com> wrote:
> 
>>Yes. A large part of me is thrilled, but it is a pretty big opportunity
>>cost.
>>
>>
>>James
>>
>>On 6/1/05 1:48 AM, "damien morton" <fork at bitfurnace.com> wrote:
>>
>>
>>>I read today that Australia has pledged a US$760mil mix of grants and
>>>loans (apparently 50-50 of each).
>>>
>>>http://news.newkerala.com/world-news/?action=fullnews&id=55646
>>>http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=385809
>>>http://www.cbc.ca/story/world/national/2005/01/05/australia-aid050105.html
>>>http://www.abc.net.au/ra/news/stories/s1277188.htm
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>>It just occurs to me that one advantage of private giving over government
>>>>aid, beside efficiency, is that the opportunity cost is less likely to
>>>>affect the poor.
>>>>
>>>>The money I've given so far will slow down my plans to build a house, but
>>>>the money the Australian government has given so far is, I'm guessing, going
>>>>to have to come out of government programmes for people more in need than
>>>>the local building industry.
>>>>
>>>>Just a thought.
>>>>
>>>>James
>>
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