Aid Versus Trade – Lunch w/ TED

“Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the former finance minister of Nigeria, sums up four days of intense discussion on aid versus trade on the closing day of TEDGlobal 2007, and shares a personal story explaining her own commitment to this cause.”  In the context of typical conversation on the topic, I am a “trade” guy.  When it comes down to it, I think “aid” has its place, but it’s good old fashioned entrepreneurship and leadership that is needed in Africa – or, at least that is what I thought.  Ms. Okonjo-Iweala has begun to convince me to look more closely at “aid” in addition to trade.

I would love to hear from people who have thought a lot about problems facing the various countries in Africa.  Where do you see the “aid v trade” argument going?  What seems to be working?  If you had the means, what would you support?  How would you go about loving your “neighbors” in Africa? ‘

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Dustin R. Steeve

Dustin Steeve is a blogger and web enthusiast. Dustin's passion is to see his generation of Christians rise up as thought leaders, doing remarkable, good work Christianly. Dustin is interested in the rise of web media and increasingly prominent use of computer technology as a tool to aid people. Dustin worked for three years as the director of GodblogCon and is an adviser for the Christian Web Conference. Dustin graduated summa cum laude and received his B.A. in History from Biola University where he also graduated from Torrey Honors Institute. Dustin has completed some post-graduate work at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was appointed to the Dean's List and received a certificate of completion from the Summer Institute for General Management.