Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Washington Times: "U.N. agency: Who knows if we help the poor "

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On its face, The United Nations' anti-poverty agency seems like something hard not to support — but for one problem: It doesn't really fight poverty at all, and the U.N. admits it.

The United Nations Development Program's own report said that it has “only remote connections with poverty.” It states that not only does it spend billions on "innovative" approaches toward helping the poor that have "limited" success, but also that the self-proclaimed "world partnership against poverty" actually has a “lack of focus on the poor.”

The operation has spent at least $8.5 billion — the actual number remains a mystery — between 2004 and 2011, but has only “limited ability … to demonstrate whether its poverty reduction activities have contributed to any significant change in the lives of the people it is trying to help.”

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