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June 7, 2009 at 6:00 AM

Fight against poverty

Invest in educational partnerships with developing nations

The guest commentary on Monday by Jennifer Potter and Daniel J. Evans was both visionary and inspiring [“Fight against poverty must not be abandoned,” Opinion, June 1]. Their message is consistent with the new vision that President Obama is seeking to articulate and implement. On virtually every count, we — and the world — would be much further ahead if we used our wealth and ingenuity to offer a helping hand rather than one with a gun in it.

Another opportunity to expand such efforts around the world is to create partnerships between universities in the developed world and universities in the developing world in order to help build capacity in those institutions and nations. No country in the 21st century can afford to be without a robust educational and research system able to address the demands of a technological society, whether the issue is agriculture, clean water, public health or energy.

A modest investment of foreign-aid dollars over the next few decades could have enormous impact and improve the lives of billions of people. Such a program could capture the idealism of our young people — and even some older folks! — and inspire them to participate in exchanges, training programs, joint-research projects, and sports and cultural exchanges. Now is the time to act.

— Alvin L. Kwiram, Shoreline

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