Africa / Europe

Giving to strangers: aid and empathy and Live Below the Line

Live Below the Line

Raising money and awareness in the West for those suffering in places that seem vastly different is difficult. Many commentators have speculated why this might be. For example, Owen Jones looked at the problem of getting international attention on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The war – which peaked between …

Africa / Blog

The End of British Aid to South Africa: Cock-Up, Conspiracy or Correct?

British aid to South Africa will be phased out by 2015. (Photograph: AP/The Guardian)

The position of Secretary of State for International Development is considered by many as one of the cosier jobs in the British Cabinet. It was therefore a little surprising when the current holder of the role, Justine Greening, broke the mold …