Everyone knows it’s fun to talk about aid on a Friday afternoon. But can you guess which famous policy document this quote on aid comes from?
“Our policy is directed not against any country or doctrine but against hunger, poverty, desperation, and chaos. Its purpose should be the revival of working economy in the world so as to permit the emergence of political and social conditions in which free institutions can exist. Such assistance, I am convinced, must not be on a piecemeal basis as various crises develop. Any assistance that this Government may render in the future should provide a cure rather than a mere palliative.”
The Busan Outcome Document of 2011? No.
Clare Short’s 2000 White Paper? No.
I’ll put you out of your misery. It was the Marshall Plan of 1947, when The United States gave $20 billion to rebuild Europe after the war. We may be in a very different world of aid today, but many, many of the themes are issues that have come around time and again.