In a straightforward manner, Collier argues that countries where the poorest billion people live struggle because of four traps: In proposing policy, Collier takes a middle-of-the-road approach between those who support aid, free trade, military intervention, and international norms. Overall, his book makes for a broad and strong piece.
Global poverty, Collier argues, is actually falling quite rapidly. The real crisis lies in a group of about 50 failing states, the bottom billion, whose problems defy traditional approaches to alleviating poverty.
He contends that these failed states pose the core challenge of the developing world in the 21st century. Reviews Editorial reviews Publisher Synopsis A must-read for anyone who has tired of the emotionalism of the Geldof-Bono aid brigade. Max Hastings, The Guardian Important and provocative.
Sunday Times Important new book New Statesman d Set to become a classic The Economist Collier's is a better book than either Sachs's or Easterley's for two reasons.
First, its analysis of the causes of poverty is more convincing. Second, its remedies are more plausible. Niall Ferguson, International Herald Tribune This extraordinarily important book should be read by everyone who cares about Africa, but who recoils from the egotism and self-indulgence of Comic Relief and Live Aid.
Max Hastings, Sunday Times Review It is time to dispense with the false dichotomies that bedevil the current debate on Africa. If you've ever found yourself on one side or the other of those arguments - and who hasn't?
This important book wants citizens of G8 countries to fight for change. If you care about the fate of the poorest people in the world, and want to understand what can be done to help them, read it.
If you don't care, read it anyway. You will learn much you do not know. It will also change the way you look at the tragedy of persistent poverty in a world of plenty.
Martin Wolf, Financial Times [a] significant contribution Collier uses his basic insight to challenge the conventional wisdom of both Left and Right. Edward Hadas, TLS A path-breaking work providing penetrating insights into the largely unexplored borderland between economics and politics.
George Soros Paul Collier brilliantly anatomises the true causes of Africa's post-colonial failure. He has shown clearly what is happening to the poorest billion in the world, why it is happening and what can be done to open up greater opportunities for them in a world of increasing wealth.
His ideas should be at the centre of the policy debate. Collier uses his basic insight - that the poor are in a very different situation from the rest of the world - to challenge the conventional wisdom of both the Left and the Right.
New Zealand Herald Read more Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. All user tags 6 View most popular tags as:The future progress of the bottom billion people is crucial for health and health system development.
These are the people caught in the poverty/ill-health trap. Inequities in access to health care suffered by this group further disadvantage it. Although the plight of the bottom billion lends itself to simple moralizing, the answers do not.
It is a problem that needs to be hit with several policies at the same time, some of them counterintuitive. The ‘bottom billion’: defined by country, rather than individuals’ poverty One could group the world™s poorest billion people in at least two ways. • One could hypothetically search for the poorest billion individuals, by interspersing the data from national household surveys of income or.
Bottom Billion Fund, Chicago, IL. 81 likes. Bottom Billion Fund is a new nonprofit that economically empowers the extremely poor at the bottom of the. Around the world right now, one billion people are trapped in poor or failing countries.
How can we help them? Economist Paul Collier lays out a bold, compassionate plan . Global poverty has been falling for decades, but a few countries which are caught in four distinct traps (such as the resource curse) are falling behind and falling apart.
Aid does not work well in these places but there are Continue reading →.