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In his recent address to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals summit, US President Barack Obama referred to development as a "strategic and economic imperative". Speaking at the same summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel repeated the mantra "no development without security and no security without development."
The common point made is that development aid programs are not purely altruistic and humanitarian, but also carry a real benefit for the donor nations. Poverty, mass (especially youth) unemployment, and hunger are prime breeding grounds for radical ideologies. Extremist organizations, criminal cartels and even terrorist groups can buy themselves safe havens and loyalty by providing basic services where local (and foreign) governments fail to step in. The rise of Hezbollah in Lebanon is but one example. And undemocratic nations can coopt or undermine poor neighbors in the same way.
The only way to prevent or minimize such attempts at grass-
So where does the project stand today? This was the subject of the MDG 2010 summit held in New York on 20-