Saturday, January 05, 2008

Charity vs. Capitalism in Africa

There's a longstanding debate about distribution of mosquito nets in Africa to stop malaria from killing as many as 3 million people each year. One side of the debate is led by economist Jeffrey Sachs, who wants to give away nets for free to every person who needs one. The other side of the debate is led by people who argue that in order for the solution to be sustainable, Africans must pay something for the nets, even if the nominal payment of ~$1.50 does not cover the manufacturing and distribution costs. Click here to read the full text of the Business Week article.

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