To stop global inequality, we aid agencies must ramp up our campaigns against the issues – such as unjust trade deals and climate change – that help it thrive

There was a sense of deja vu last week when I read the excellent piece by Adam Ramsay exploring why people are losing faith in international aid agencies. Ironically, it was the same sense people reported feeling when reading the latest fundraising appeals. We’ve been here before; but we haven’t done anything about it.

Here’s the (heretical?) rub: it is understandable if people are losing faith in aid agencies and even in the idea of “development” itself. Because, broadly speaking, it hasn’t worked. We clearly haven’t solved the problem of poverty. Yet we’ve misled the public for years that poverty will end, if only they’ll give us £2 a month.

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