Marshall Plan for Africa: advocated by Ted Dunn – and now Chancellor Angela Merkel

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ted-2Ted Dunn was a Colchester Friend who was directed to Ethiopia as a hospital administrator as part of his Friends Ambulance duties.

Later in life, he met or contacted decision makers in many countries to advocate regional peace and development programmes, sometimes compared with the Marshall Plan.

One of his publications was A Step by Step Approach to World Peace, Region by Region – A proposal for world peace through regional peace and development programmes, (Gooday Publishers, 1988, 2nd edition, 2002. 

Regional peace and development programmes, he advised, could be financed by:

  • internal savings from lowered arms expenditure,
  • using money released by debt cancellation,
  • a levy on arms trade,
  • a Tobin tax on speculative flows,
  • aviation fuel tax.

SOME COMMENDATIONS OF TED DUNN’S REGIONAL PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES

A serious and thoughtful attempt to deal with what is perhaps the most urgent problem facing mankind – Lord Peter Archer, QC

The proposal is an idea which deserves the most serious consideration. H.Dale Anderson, Deputy High Commissioner for Jamaica

I very much support this initiative – Stuart Holland MP, when Shadow Minister for Development

World Peace through regional peace and development programmes should, for example, wipe out the apartheid system in South Africa – Ahaja Shehu Awak; Nigerian High Commissioner

You certainly have my support – George Foulkes, Shadow Minister for the UN

I fully support the concepts of Regional Peace and Development Programmes. Roland Dale, Northern Friends Peace Board

I am a keen proponent of Regional Development. The creation of an International Criminal Tribunal  (is) . . .the lynchpin of the future development of international law. Peter Benenson, founder of Amnesty International

The concept has very practical possibilities for the Southern Philippines in particular, and the South East Asian region in general. Nagasura T. Madale, Director of the Southern Philippines Centre for Peace Studies

I firmly believe the proposal represents a very wise and potentially creative way in which the world could deal with its most pressing needs  –  John Sarum, Bishop of Salisbury

A thoughtful and important document which should be widely discussed. John Ferguson, Chairman of the United Nations Association, past President of the Selly Oak Colleges

I think regionalization of the world’s problems is the only feasible way. Johan Galtung, Peace Researcher, founder of the International Peace research Institute, Oslo

I commend what you are doing . . . governments can often co-operate more effectively on a regional basis than a global basis because of shared economic, cultural and political interests. Cecil Evans, Assistant General Secretary of Quaker Peace and Service

We here will do what we can to further encourage your ideas in Commonwealth capitals whenever opportunities arise – Christopher Laidlaw, then Assistant Director of the Commonwealth  Office 

It is clear that in the fifth decade of the United Nations era there is need for new thinking about the way forward in developing world order. Ted Dunn has added to his efforts in furthering public education on world peace a new work that suggests a practical formula for establishing peace through a step by step approach. He focuses on the regional dimension in a novel way – a proposal for official development programmes which are based on and integrate social, economic and political justice. The formula requires a meaningful relationship between rich and poor countries – one which would be advantageous for their common development and thus necessarily contribute to world peace. It is an imaginative and practically-oriented work, grounded in a thorough knowledge of the historical record. It is to be heartily recommended – Shridath Ramphal, when Secretary General, Commonwealth Secretariat

Ted Dunn’s work, though highly commended by many, met with indifference from the British Government and a general public preoccupied with its own personal well-being and interests.

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He would have been heartened by a Reuters report that Chancellor Angela Merkel and her officials advocated increased public and private investment in Africa during a visit to Africa last month, and at a meeting of the G20 industrialised countries in China.

Nearly 160,000 people had crossed the Mediterranean from Africa to Italy this year, while 4,220 had died trying to do this, according to the International Organization for Migration last week.

Development Minister Gerd Mueller said Germany intends to release details of a new “Marshall Plan with Africa” – drawing a direct parallel with the U.S. investment programme that kick-started the ravaged German economy after World War Two. He added that a significant share of his ministry’s proposed budget increase of over 1 billion euros for 2017 would be earmarked for projects in Africa, saying: “If the youth of Africa can’t find work or a future in their own countries, it won’t be hundreds of thousands, but millions that make their way to Europe.”

Mueller said his plan was aimed at developing joint solutions with African countries, with a focus on programmes for youth, education and training, strengthening economies and the rule of law.

 

 

 

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