Obama Says Global Development Is In Wealthy Nations' Interest

" At a time of global economic uncertainty, President Obama urged wealthy countries Wednesday to maintain development assistance to poor nations out of self-interest, though he argued that aid should be delivered in smarter ways. Obama made his pitch at the U.N. Millennium Development Goals Summit, an international gathering charged with assessing how effective rich and poor nations have been in meeting an ambitious set of anti-poverty benchmarks. The results have been mixed: Progress was reported in alleviating poverty in Asia and Africa, but trouble continued in addressing women's and children's health issues in much of the developing world. "
" At a time of global economic uncertainty, President Obama urged wealthy countries Wednesday to maintain development assistance to poor nations out of self-interest, though he argued that aid should be delivered in smarter ways. Obama made his pitch at the U.N. Millennium Development Goals Summit, an international gathering charged with assessing how effective rich and poor nations have been in meeting an ambitious set of anti-poverty benchmarks. The results have been mixed: Progress was reported in alleviating poverty in Asia and Africa, but trouble continued in addressing women's and children's health issues in much of the developing world. "