Transparency International shares their Corruptions Perceptions index for 2009. No surprise, the African continent fares the worst.
|We love reporting about developments in the aid and development world. MIT has a relatively new division called J-PAL (Poverty Action Lab). Their mission: "reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is based on scientific evidence." Read all about them in their FAST COMPANY article Which Poverty Fighting Policies Work? Unfortunately, the amount of visitors on their site is negligable, calling into to question some of their reach. Hopefully readers can help promote proactive, reality based poverty fighting.|
While we don't express our views on development, we do share stories and facts. Here is a new interesting one from the World Evangelization Research Center (WERC):
"There are more than four thousand mission agencies. Collectively they operate a huge apparatus, manned by some 434,000 foreign missionaries wielding an annual global income of eighteen billion dollars. And yet, for all the money that is spent--an astonishing average of $359,000 for every person baptized--the benefits of evangelism are meager. ... Meanwhile, the quality of life for India's Christian population remains dismal. Despite "crocodile-tears for the oppressed," says Edamaruku, and contrary to apologists' frequent boast that Christianization brings justice and equality to the "untouchables," dalits who convert find that as Christians, they remain "as 'untouchable' as they had been as Hindus." While more than 75 percent of the Catholics in India are dalits, dalits make up less than 5 percent of Indian priests. Most priests come from upper castes.