lhowell

Should We Globalize Labor Too?

In economy, mindset 3.0, Tibet on June 11, 2007 at 3:04 am

Adapted from the New York Times Magazine, June 10, 2007.

Outside Africa, no country is poorer than Nepal. Its per capita income looks like a misprint: $270 a year. Sudan’s is more than twice as high. Nearly two-thirds of Nepalis lack electricity. Half the preschoolers are malnourished.

Two years ago, an organizer appeared in the canyon to say that the Nepal government (with money from the World Bank) was making local grants for projects of poor villagers’ choosing. First villagers had to catalog their problems. With Sarki as chairman, Chaurmuni village made its list:

“Not able to eat for the whole year.”

“Not able to send children to school.”

“Lack of proper feed and fodder for the livestock.”

“Landslide and flood.”

“Not able to get the trust of the moneylender.”

“Insecurity and danger.”

The punch line is this, it’s time to really do something beyond writing a check or having some meaningless debate to impress your friends to show how current you are with globally significant social issues. What do you think?

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