“Targets like 0.7 percent are like the Vatican’s tithe or the Islamic zakat.”

Jagdish Bhagwati did a Q&A session with the IHT. Here’s his comment on Jeff Sachs:

My worry is that such a technocratic approach will – if aid flows are increased precipitously (right now, there is no evidence that they will), and aid is seen to be wasted and misused – turn the spring in aid into winter. He will then have done for Africa, in the public eye, what he did for Russia with his technocratic shock therapy: an outcome that every serious Africanist scholar I have talked to fears.

Read the full interview for his thoughts on Africa’s absorptive capacity and other issues.