Right-wing NGO is branded a 'fake' by global aid agency

A new right-wing international NGO has attacked the Make Poverty History campaign for promoting "unrealistic and superficial solutions" to the problems of developing countries.

Global Growth says the campaign's 'drop the debt' demand is "short-sighted" without state reforms and that additional aid "encourages dependency".

The organisation describes itself as an NGO "promoting free trade to raise living standards and reduce poverty worldwide" and has been running for a year.

Founder Paul Staines said the organisation was "liberal" in outlook and opposed to the policies of charities such as War on Want and Christian Aid. But he said Oxfam was "more sensible", and he shared its view of the Common Agricultural Policy.

War on Want claimed that Global Growth was a "fake" NGO.

"Pretending that free trade will solve the problems of world poverty is wishful thinking on Mr Staines's part," said a spokesman.

Staines said that three volunteers run Global Growth, and it plans to recruit a full-time worker next year.

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