New aid model needed or world’s poorest will wait a century for basics

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

It will take 100 years for some of the world’s poorest people to get basic healthcare, sanitation and education services, unless the current approach to aid is radically changed, said a report published on Tuesday.

Development agencies need to be more innovative and flexible, learn lessons from the world of business and shift focus from volume to quality, said a report by the British think-tank the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

“For too many poor people, the question is not whether they will have access to services by 2015 or even 2030, but by 2090 or even later,” Leni Wild, lead author of the report said in a statement.

In 2015, development goals set at the start of the new millennium will expire with many targets – including some on sanitation and health – unmet.

Without changes to development practices, efforts to reach new goals to be set this year will simply repeat the same failed pattern.

Source: Reuters (link opens in a new window)

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