British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Oxford
Director of Global Health Policy and Senior Fellow
Center for Global Development
There is considerable controversy about whether foreign aid helps poor countries, with several prominent critics arguing that it doesn't. In this seminar, philosopher Toby Ord suggests these critics have only reached this conclusion because they have failed to count the biggest successes of aid, such as the eradication of smallpox, which have been in the sphere of global health rather than economic growth. These health successes have often been neglected in analysis of aid because they have only made up a small proportion of aid spending. Ord argues that when looking at the impact of this spending, these big wins more than justify all aid spending to date.