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March 9, 2010

What would ABBA do with $ 1bn? Huge fantastical re-union tour around the developing world to give the poor a little scandinavian pop joy? I can think of worse ideas.

…if I had a little money, it’s a rich man’s world.

What would you do to ‘Help the World’ with $10 billion?

Aid Thoughts highlighted this article in the Wall Street Journal. That’s about 7 billion quid. Quite a tidy some.

The answers given by the panel of 8 experts include carbon-capture toilets. That’s a lot of toilets.

Anyway, that almost seems practical (almost). Here’s my 2 pence for how to make the world better $10 bn at a time:

How’s about creating a really really big Millennium Village – Maybe a Millennium Town? It could have Wi-Fi Internet Cafes selling Muffins and Coffee (Fairtrade, of course), A eco-friendly electric public transport system, some tarmaced roads with disabled parking bays, a solar-panelled health centre with one of those ticket machines so you know when it’s your turn to see the doctor, and a big hotel for all the development ‘experts’ to stay in as they ‘monitor’ the ‘progress’ of the Millennium Town.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. Richard Taylor permalink
    March 14, 2010 7:04 pm

    What if we just gave it to people directly? 1bn people on less than a dollar a day, say 200m households. $50 each. It may not sound a lot but it could do more than some projects, and think of the multipliers when you put money directly into the poorest communities.

    And when you consider the global annual aid budget is nearer $120bn, that’s $120 per person – as much as some of them earn in a year – or $600 per household. And without all the brouhaha of the global aid industry. Tempting…

  2. March 30, 2010 5:52 am

    Millenium towns….. sounds like a Charter City


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