Jonathan Glennie: “Development co-operation needs to shift focus from poverty eradication to a broader, more inclusive framework…”

Good reframing of the development policy debate looking at the bigger picture on the Guardian’s PovertyMatters blog.

The most important change would be the involvement of rich countries as well as poor. Sustainable development tackles affluence and excess, not just poverty, and it is the high-income countries that most need to alter their resource use (with a gradually increasing burden of responsibility on middle-income countries, especially the largest ones). Financial transfers will therefore reduce in importance relative to other areas of action (such as trade and regulation). Aid agencies might develop new roles as whole-of-government enforcers of development policy coherence.”