Aid: Supply-led versus Demand-led assistance

Left: Supply driven assistance – food relief delivered by helicopter. Right: Demand driven assistance – prototype ColaLife anti-diarrhoea kits Consider the two pictures above – both are efforts to save lives – one is supply-driven the other demand-driven. Many would group these types of initiative together as ‘aid’ as opposed to ‘trade’ type activity. However, […]

Africa. Business opportunity or deserving of help?

One theme from last week’s time in Cape Town was the issue of ‘Aid’ versus ‘Trade’ or as Ann Grant* put it: ‘Should the countries of Africa be presented as a business opportunity or as deserving of help?’. This has always touched a raw nerve with me as I often feel uneasy about presenting negative […]