Poverty, Hunger and World Economy

3rd Bonn Conference on International Development Policy

The Indian Alternative Nobel laureate of 1993, Ms. Vandana Shiva, said that economic growth alone will not work. “The focus needs to be put on nature and society”, the laureate said. According to her, “people have to fight to reconquer democracy”, or else poverty and hunger could not be overcome. “Today, we experience how the world economy collapses financially, ecologically and politically.”

Manfred Konukiewitz of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Klaus Rudischhauser of the European Commission (EC) contradicted this view in the forum “Political Responsibility: Concepts for Sustainable Development Policy” with the words: “It won’t work without growth.” They believe that growth is the prerequisite for prosperity. According to them, Europe is not capable to raise 50 billion Euros per year for foreign aid.

Jürgen Baisch of the Institute Water for Africa replied that it only takes a tenth of one percent of the yearly German foreign aid budget in order to lay the foundation for sustainable water management in Africa. He gave the example that Africa disposes only of 888 gauging stations, while Germany, being significantly smaller, disposes of 1150 gauging stations.On January 31, the two-day 3rd Bonn Conference on International Development Policy came to an end at the plenary hall of the World Conference Center in Bonn. More than 800 representatives of national and international NGOs, governments and associations discussed about the topics of sustainable lifestyles, food patterns and sustainable development.

The Indian Alternative Nobel laureate of 1993, Ms. Vandana Shiva, said that economic growth alone will not work. “The focus needs to be put on nature and society”, the laureate said. According to her, “people have to fight to reconquer democracy”, or else poverty and hunger could not be overcome. “Today, we experience how the world economy collapses financially, ecologically and politically.”

Manfred Konukiewitz of the BMZ and Klaus Rudischhauser of the EC contradicted this view in the forum “Political Responsibility: Concepts for Sustainable Development Policy” with the words: “It won’t work without growth.” They believe that growth is the prerequisite for prosperity. According to them, Europe is not capable to raise 50 billion Euros per year for foreign aid.

Jürgen Baisch of the Institute Water for Africa replied that it only takes a tenth of one percent of the yearly German foreign aid budget in order to lay the foundation for sustainable water management in Africa. He gave the example that Africa disposes only of 888 gauging stations, while Germany, being significantly smaller, disposes of 1150 gauging stations.

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