Chapter 7

Creativity Plus Opportunity: A NewFormula for Foreign Aid

We must find room-to-manoeuvre and space to develop, faced by a choice between death by de-linking and a world economy in which we may not survive. With this space, and human creativity, solutions will be found, little by little

Jean-Bertrand Aristide1

Like ex-President Aristide of Haiti, we all know how it feels to be caught ‘between a rock and a hard place’ with no obvious escape route. In his case the ‘rock’ was the stagnation caused by Haiti's marginalisation from the world economy, the result of poor resources and a long history of meddling and exploitation. The ‘hard place’ was the added risk of dislocation and instability if Haiti were to integrate into world markets ...

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