Peter Taylor, a scientific analyst from ethos UK, was commissioned by the Lifeworks Foundation to write a report about international aid. He found, among other things, that only 5% of world development aid addresses the grass-roots need for a healthy and ecologically-sound environment. Most of the money is directed at economic problems – moving people off the land, industrialising production and globalising markets. He asks whether a monetary index is an appropriate way of measuring poverty, and whether economic aid will exacerbate ecological problems. He speculates over political reasons behind aid decisions and alternative, more sustainable, ways of spending that money.
Lifeworks were so impressed with the report that they commissioned Peter to turn it into a book, and he asked me if I would typeset it, redraw all the graphs and graphics and illustrate the cover. I was glad to. Below is the result.