Aired: September 17, 2011

Making Foreign Aid Accountable

The United States gives out roughly 25 billion dollars a year in foreign aid projects. Is that money ending up in the right hands and what is it accomplishing? Michael Tierney (College of William and Mary) and his colleagues have created AidData to allow the public to follow the money.

Also featured: Biologists have used game theory to explain the rise and fall of species.  Now Atin Basu (Virginia Military Institute) and fellow economists have applied evolutionary game theory to the greatest organism of all: human civilization.   They believe the lack of “foresightedness” in a culture can explain the fall of a civilization.


3 Comments on “Making Foreign Aid Accountable”

  1. John Maschinot

    I love some of the music you play between stories. Do you have a playlist for your shows? What was the music you played after the Michael Tierney story (it sounded african).
    John Maschinot

  2. Elliot Majerczyk

    Hello John,

    Thanks for the kind words. We are very conscious of the music we play between, and at the end of the features on “With Good Reason” and always strive for something appropriate yet evocative. The piece you heard was “Anzala” by the Ugandan
    musician Samite from his CD “Dance, My Children, Dance”.
    The rest of the CD is equally great.

    Again, so glad you appreciated this piece of music.

    All the best,

    Elliot Majerczyk
    Associate Producer
    With Good Reason

  3. john ledbury

    foreign aid: famously taking money from poor people in rich countries and giving it to rich people in poor countries

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