Famine and Foreigners: Ethiopia Since Live Aid By Peter Gill (Oxford University Press, 280 pp., $27.95) In the fall of 1994, James P. Grant, the executive director of UNICEF, sent a message in the name of his agency to the upcoming Cairo conference on population and development, in which he declared that the world had within its grasp the means to solve “the problems of poverty, population, and environmental degradation that feed off of one another in a downward spiral [bringing] instability and strife in its wake.” Grant was a great man, a giant of the development world.
Maybe I'm an ignoramus. But I'd never heard of Paul Collier who the Times identifies as a professor at Oxford and the author of The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It. His op-ed is called "A Measure of Hope," and since I'm a sucker for hope I hastened to read it. I was reassured when I realized that he was criticizing the Millennium Development Goals. How could something so pompously named really help anyone? "I applaud Ban Ki-moon," Collier says. Still, given the United Nations which he leads, this applause is not very loud. Yet the U.N.