From Paul Collier, The
Without an informed electorate, politicians will continue to use the bottom billion merely for photo opportunities, rather than promoting real transformation.
The key obstacle to reforming aid is public opinion.. Public opinion drives them into the "I care" photo opportunities that dominate aid.
Politicians would only move beyond gestures once there was a critical mass of informed citizens.
You are a citizen, and citizenship carries responsibilities.
Electorates tend to get the politicians they deserve.
God is the comfort of the poor.
You can't get rid of poverty by [mindlessly] giving people money.
We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry,
naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for
is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind
Poverty is the mother of crime.
A man isn’t poor if he can still laugh.
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor,
it cannot save the few who are rich.
It's easy to have principles when you're rich. The
important thing is to have principles when you're poor.
Most of the poverty and misery in the world is due to
bad government, lack of democracy, weak states, internal strife, and so on.
In a country well governed, poverty is something to be
ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed
I can live without money, but I cannot live without
Think about it: Every educated person is not rich, but
almost every educated person has a job and a way out of poverty. So
education is a fundamental solution to poverty.
poor people are not on welfare. . . I know they work. I’m a witness. They
catch the early bus. They work every day. They raise other people’s
children. They work every day. They clean the streets. They work every day.
They drive vans with cabs. They work every day. They change beds you slept
in these hotels last night and can’t get a union contract. They work every
day . . .