allAfrica.com allafrica.com 27 Jan, 2021 05:30 am

Africa: Poor Lives Matter, but Less

Opinion - Current development fads fetishize data, ostensibly for 'evidence-based policy-making': if not measured, it will not matter. So, forget about getting financial resources for your work, programmes and projects, no matter how beneficial, significant or desperately needed.

Be careful what you wish for Meanwhile, as poor countries get limited help in their efforts to adjust to global warming, rich countries' focus on supporting mitigation efforts has included, inter alia, promoting 'no-till agriculture'.Rich countries subsidising affordable renewable energy for poor countries and people would resolve this dilemma.Following the 2008-2009 global financial crisis, the UN proposed a Global Green New Deal (GGND) which included such cross-subsidisation by rich countries of sustainable development progress elsewhere.Collecting enough national data to properly monitor progress on the Sustainable Development Goals is expensive.

Thus, the finance fetish blocked a chance to revive world economic growth, with sustainable development gains for all.'Errors' can easily be explained away as statistics from poor countries are notoriously unreliable.

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