The “bingo” strategy of development

I’m not sure how I feel about this

The French government is considering introducing a special lottery for Africa to supplement development aid.

“It could be bingo for Africa, or a lotto,” said the French Secretary of State for Co-operation, Alain Joyandet.

It depends what you think of gambling, and what you think of development aid, I suppose.  On the former, I guess that old folks’ bingo money might as well be going to a good cause, though it would pretty much undo the benefit if obsessive lotto players are being impoverished to help un-impoverish Africans.  On the development side…well, I’d be interested to see what Chris Blattman and Bill Easterly would think of this scheme…

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