The Best Global Development Quotes of 2012

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Over the past year, we featured the wittiest, most contentious and most insightful sound bites on global development in our publications and posted them on our social media channels. You’ve liked and …

Over the past year, we featured the wittiest, most contentious and most insightful sound bites on global development in our publications and posted them on our social media channels. You’ve liked and shared them on Facebook; on that basis, and along with our own favorites, we compiled the 15 most memorable Devex Quotables of 2012.

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  • 1. “The Best global development quotes of 2012 ”-The wittiest, most contentious and mostinsightful sound bites on global development.
  • 2. “ [S]o often the big resources to support a country only come when it is plunged into severe crisis, when a stitch in time might have saved nine. ” - Helen Clark, administrator of the United Nations Development ProgramPhoto credit:Some rights reserved by National Assembly For Wales / Cynulliad Cymru
  • 3. “ We need to help companies find profit opportunities abroad, not photo opportunities. ” - Rajiv Shah, administrator of the United States Agency for International DevelopmentPhoto credit:Some rights reserved by Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
  • 4. “ Money alone does not buy better health. Good policies that promote equity have a better chance. ” - Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health OrganizationPhoto credit:All rights reserved by WHO/Europe
  • 5. “ It is not good enough to say you know about poverty. You Have to live it. ” - Ngozi Okono-Iweala, finance minister of NigeriaPhoto credit:Some rights reserved by World Bank Photo Collection
  • 6. “ In the future, regional and global power and national stability will be determined not by who controls arms, but by who controls access to medicines.” - Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDSPhoto credit:Some rights reserved by UN Women Gallery
  • 7. “ There’s no copy-and- paste system in foreign aid. ” - Atifete Jahjaga, president of KosovoPhoto credit:Some rights reserved by European Parliament
  • 8. “ It is shocking that we have the most complex and strict rules on all sorts of products from bananas to ipods, but no global rules for trading tanks, machine guns and bullets. this needs to change. ” - Nicolas Vercken, spokesperson of OxfamPhoto credit:Oxfam France
  • 9. “ We all must move from a greed economy to a green economy. ” - Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, president of IndonesiaPhoto credit:Some rights reserved by World Economic Forum
  • 10. “ Neither peace, development nor human rights can flourish in an atmosphere of corruption. ” - Ban Ki-moon, secretary-general of the United NationsPhoto credit:World Economic Forum [CC-BY-SA-2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons
  • 11. “ Electing Sudan to the U.N. body mandated to promote and protect human rights worldwide is like putting Jack the Ripper in charge of a women’s shelter. ” - Hillel Neuer, executive director of U.N. WatchPhoto credit:All rights reserved by We Have A Dream: Global Human Rights Summit
  • 12. “ As long as countries wave chequebooks over our heads, we can never be equal. ” - Louise Mushikiwabo, foreign affairs minister of RwandaPhoto creditwww.imbere.com
  • 13. “ There is no silver bullet to change the world, but educating girls is like silver buckshot. ” - Nicholas D. Kristof, columnist at The New York TimesPhoto credit:World Economic Forum from Cologny, Switzerland [CC-BY-SA-2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons
  • 14. “ We usually say there is always a ‘Plan B,’ but there is no ‘Planet B’. ” - Jan Eliasson, deputy secretary- general of the United NationsPhoto credit:APPhoto source:
  • 15. “ The point is not for the giver to have a good feeling, but for the people we’re trying to help to have a good feeling. ” - Bill Gates, philanthropistBy Photo credit:World Economic Forum (Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
  • 16. “ Increased food yields do not necessarily mean a decrease in hunger; they just mean more food. Who is going to get access to that food is a difference issue. ” - Justin Kilcullen, director of TrocairePhoto credit:All rights reserved by Trocaire
  • 17. “ What did we miss? ”Comment below and tell us yourfavorite quotable moment of 2012Read the full article here