Last week the G8 summit met in Scotland mainly to discuss aid to countries stuck in poverty, especially in Africa. The global impact on our climate was also discussed, but the biggest issue was the potential to help those countries who need it. Many around the world campaigned for drastic changes.
Much of the focus has been on Africa and the struggles with poverty and AIDS its residents face. The fate of our fellow members of humanity is certainly our responsibility. However, it is a two-way street. Throwing money at a corrupt government will not solve the problems they face; there needs to be some work done from within. I thought this article in Newsweek provided a good summary.
The G8 summit did conclude with some encouraging results, although not as many as some had hoped. I'm sure we haven't heard the last of these issues.