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Famous neolib newspaper ""keeping it real" 

The guardian needs YOUR support to churn out gems like this:

(and that of the Gates Foundation)

Famous neolib newspaper ""keeping it real" 

@MatejLach What is the alternative?

Famous neolib newspaper ""keeping it real" 

@InternetKevin To what?

Famous neolib newspaper ""keeping it real" 

@MatejLach child labour in very poor countries

Famous neolib newspaper ""keeping it real" 

@InternetKevin @MatejLach My local newsagent uses child labour to deliver papers at a lower cost than using adults.

Famous neolib newspaper ""keeping it real" 

@rochelimit @MatejLach I saw a programme recently about child labour in Dhaka. It is horrible working conditions for the children but when it gets banned the families no longer have enough money to eat and the children have to resort to begging and stealing to survive.

UNICEF does good work for the children there, gives them free meals and time to play with each other.

Famous neolib newspaper ""keeping it real" 

@InternetKevin @MatejLach Yup. Banning child labour is often against the interests of the families, We should work help to improve conditions and add some schooling where child labour is economically important. There is nuance here that often gets missed out.

Famous neolib newspaper ""keeping it real" 

@rochelimit @InternetKevin

I don't think banning it outright is the solution but the reason it is needed is often related to the fact that the former colonial masters of many of these 3rd world countries are not actually interested in them developing.

The fact that these former colonies still "owe" a lot to their colonial masters when it should be the other way around speaks for itself.

Coups when a mildly left president assumes power don't help.

Famous neolib newspaper ""keeping it real" 

@rochelimit @InternetKevin

If the goal of having children in these places remains primarily so there's more breadwinners, it won't lead to happy childhoods.

There needs to be immense knowledge transfer from the first world to these countries, incl. on building strong, independent institutions.

I find it particularly weird that this piece ran in a prominent newspaper of just such a colonial power that has 0 interest in stopping this. How convenient.

Famous neolib newspaper ""keeping it real" 

@MatejLach @InternetKevin I think that these countries already have the knowledge we have about making institutions, but the economical and political environment makes the process of building them very hard.

Famous neolib newspaper ""keeping it real" 

@MatejLach @InternetKevin What they need is debt relief and economic support so they can build up an economy that doesn't put families in the unenviable position of needing the labour of their children. What they need is decent jobs and well paying markets for their produce. Knowledge won't replace economic need, I'm afraid.

Famous neolib newspaper ""keeping it real" 

@rochelimit @InternetKevin

> What they need is debt relief

Agreed, which is why I said:

> The fact that these former colonies still "owe" a lot to their colonial masters when it should be the other way around speaks for itself.

But I don't think a major newspaper of one of the countries they need relief FROM promoting child labor as beneficial is a step in that direction.

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