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Introducing the latest aid skeptic: David Letterman

Hugh Evans, the CEO of the Global Poverty Project, went on to the Late Show with David Letterman to promote the Global Citizen Festival taking place in September in New York City. Letterman asks some background questions about Evans and his interest and global poverty, but then hones in on some questions about aid and development. He pushes Evans on issues of corruption, democracy and domestic poverty.

“Let’s say we have country A and we have now committed $100 million, maybe a billion dollars to country A. We find out two months later that something has gone haywire with country A and aid money is not getting to the impoverished citizens. Then what do we do?” asks Letterman.

Evans responds by saying that aid is delivered through both governments and NGOs. That helps to alleviate some levels of corruption. He continues later to say that it is his belief that the citizens of the countries should be making internal changes, citing Arab Spring.

See the full conversation below as Letterman then picks up on the recent events in Egypt.

HT Oscar


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Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy is a New Hampshire-based reporter for Humanosphere. Before joining Humanosphere, Tom founded and edited the aid blog A View From the Cave. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, GlobalPost and Christian Science Monitor. He tweets at @viewfromthecave. Contact him at tmurphy[at]