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Book Talk / Marginal notes to The End of Poverty by Jeffrey D. Sachs and The White Man's Burden by William Easterly
Will the Millennium Development Goals be achieved, as scheduled, by 2015? Is it possible to eliminate poverty from the planet? And if so, how? The recently published The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs, and The White Man's Burden by William Easterly offer different answers and solutions to these questions. In Sachs’s optimistic vision, the resources and scientific knowledge currently available to humanity suffice to eliminate poverty. Easterly instead refuses the approach based on large-scale global action plans, preferring to pursue solutions to the manifold problems at the origin of poverty. Both agree on the need to remove the turbulent side to development, typical of the rhetoric of international aid, which tends to depoliticise questions of poverty and present them as exclusively technical.