Band Aid 30: doing more harm than good?

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Band Aid 30: doing more harm than good?
17th November 2014

Band Aid is often hailed as one of the great charity successes of the last thirty years, but as the most recent incarnation is released, the panel discuss the problems it perpetuates. 

We hear why the perception of Africa as a “helpless state” does more harm than good and ignores the political and economic realities of the situation. 

Many African countries have the resources to be some of the richest countries in the world. Nick is critical of the western countries who, though they may donate to charity, do not do enough to stop companies taking advantage of the volatile instabilities of the areas.

While sales of the latest single have already raised over £1 million for the cause, it is thought some of the money will be inefficiently used and will go to supporting administrative costs  rather than helping the people it is being raised for.

While the panel do expect Geldof’s noise  to help, they think the clichés of the song, and the inappropriate lyrics are both ridiculous and faintly offensive. 

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