Simon Maxwell

'Yes, but... or Yes, and...': How to pitch the 2005 debate

'Yes, but... or Yes, and...': How to pitch the 2005 debate, ODIOverseas Development Institute (London) Blog, June 2005

On Tuesday, we held a media briefing at ODIOverseas Development Institute (London) on the 2005 agenda. As usual, we paid tribute to the political leadership and energy driving the 2005 agenda, and then got stuck in to the technical issues we mostly work on: absorptive capacity, investment policy, trade issues and all the rest. The first comment we received, from a senior BBC journalist, was ‘hang on, the audience out there can’t handle this complexity. The story has to be simple. The problem is poverty. The answer is debt relief, aid and trade liberalisation’. End of story. Literally........................

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