Bill Nye on Child Mortality

Bill Nye on Child Mortality February 5, 2015

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  • You’d have to have a really, really loose definition of “foreign aid” to claim the U.S. spends a fourth of its budget on it. And preventable diseases cannot be separated from wars&natural disasters. Also, “we give money to Africa and nothing changes” is mostly true, with notable exceptions. There was more improvement in Africa under White rule than after its end. The number of countries that have gotten substantially richer due to foreign aid is zero.

    • Andrew Dowling

      “And preventable diseases cannot be separated from wars&natural disasters.”

      The percentage of the Third World at active war is pretty small. And most ‘natural disasters’ aren’t natural at all but products of poor infrastructure and poor resource management.

      “The number of countries that have gotten substantially richer due to foreign aid is zero.”

      The aim of foreign aid is not to make countries “rich” but to both alleviate death and disease and give countries tools for development (which then do help them get ‘rich’ long term) and aid has demonstrably had real effects in both those areas. Of course not all foreign aid is created equal but that’s a separate debate.

    • Nick G

      There was more improvement in Africa under White rule than after its end.

      Just the kind of bigoted crap we expect from you. Life expectancy in Africa was around 40 in 1960; it is now nearly 70. Are you claiming it was 10 at the start of white rule? Or maybe you don’t count having a reasonable chance of living to 70 as worth having? Maternal mortality has fallen by around 40% in sub-Saharan Africa since 1990 – despite AIDS. Comparisons in terms of GDP are very difficult because of very poor statistical coverage in colonial-era Africa – if you have figures to support your claim, produce them. During the colonial era, effectively no black Africans had any say whatever in who governed them. Now, most former colonial countries have elections – although often very imperfect – and in many there have been peaceful transfers of power.