It’s 2045. Since Jeremy Corybn became prime-minister in 2020 and elected Robert Chambers as his right hand man there has been an extremely positive shift in Britain’s approach to ‘development’. This blog post is going to assess and explain this ‘shift’. I will begin with a general over view of development strategy as a whole. I will then have a look at the changes which have been made to aid and taxation. Finishing with a paragraph of how this change was brought about.
The change in leadership has led to a more “grass-roots” focus as opposed to the “top-down” method previously being used (Rahman, 1993, p. 221). Britain and Africa are now working together as equals, and Britain is allowing African countries to take control of their own development. Putting the ‘partner’ back into the ‘partnerships’ of donor– recipient relations.
Britain has finally woken up to the reality that “aid cannot achieve the end of poverty” (Easterly, 2006, p. 318). Corbyn has since halved the amount of traditional aid being given to Africa since 2020 (Glennie, 2008, p. 123). This has reduced Africa’s Aid dependency and led to independence for them to make their own decisions. Being able to “learn from their successes and mistakes” (Glennie, 2008, p. 134) had led to improved economies and a drastic decrease in poverty across the continent.
The aid which is being given has shifted from purely economic to the transfer of technologies (Glennie, 2008, p. 135). Most commonly being vaccines, antibiotics, nurses, roads, water pipes and textbooks (Easterly, 2006, p. 322). Corbyn has shifted Britain’s development goals away from sweeping “institutional reforms” and is instead focusing on the livelihoods of individuals (Easterly, 2006, p. 318). He believes this is way to achieve most good, and the results are speaking for themselves!
In 2021 Trevor Manuel and Jeremy Corbin discussed the reintroduction of trade taxes in Africa, with a focus on cracking down on big foreign multinational companies (Glennie, 2008, p. 130). Corbin put this into action immediately and even began shaming companies who were attempting to avoid paying their taxes. He recognizes the fact that “for well-being to be responsible, in a sustainable global eco-social system, those with more have to accept having less” (Chambers, 2005, p. 197).
Because Corbin and Chambers are “genuinely concerned with development” they are able to “make concessions without demanding concessions in return” (Glennie, 2008, p. 135). The people of Britain have finally taken a stand and elected someone who actually cares about the wellbeing of the planet and the people living on it. Seeing this, countries all over the world have been standing up and following suit (Chambers, 2005, p. 197). We must be grateful that such a dramatic change has occurred, because prior to this ‘development’ seemed to he heading down a very dark road.
Chambers, R. (2005). Ideas For Development . London: Earthscan.
Easterly, W. (2006). The White Man’s Burden – Why the West’s efforts to aid the Rest have done so much ill and so little good. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Glennie, J. (2008). The Trouble With Aid – Why Less Could Mean More For Africa. London and New York: Zed Books.
Rahman, M. A. (1993). People’s Self-Development. London and New Jersey: Zed Books.
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