Why should global poverty concern the affluent? Why do the global poor have a claim on the sympathy, the political energy, and the economic resources of the rich?
These questions take on a new urgency as the dimensions of global poverty come to be widely recognized.’ Slowly, a consensus seems to be emerging that the affluent nations must undertake concerted action to help the “forgotten 40 percent” of the human population. This consensus finds an echo in the widespread sympathy with which the Third World’s program for a “New International Economic Order” (NIEO) has been received. At the same time skeptical and pseudorealistic voices are declaring that the claims of the Third World on the rest of us are in fact overstated or nonexistent....
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