NEW YORK (Oct. 29)
Israel’s work with Third World countries to help them improve their economies through self-help projects is the topic of a new 36-page booklet, “The Quest for Development,” published by the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith.
Written by Neil Futerfas, former managing editor of the Israel Economist, the booklet describes the different forms of assistance Israel provides — including courses and seminars in Israel for participants who then initiate development projects in their own countries, and Israelis who work in foreign villages, farms, unions and hospitals.
According to the booklet, nearly 30,000 trainees have come to Israel and close to 10,000 Israeli advisers have been sent abroad. Israel has been involved in the development efforts of some 112 countries, including most African states, every country in Latin America, as well as many in Asia.
The booklet includes sections on the role of women; agricultural development; community health care; organizing labor; and the origins of Israel’s cooperative programs. Also featured are three specific cooperative projects — an ophthalmologic clinic in Liberia, agricultural development in the Dominican Republic and rural development in Nicaragua — and statistical tables listing examples of recent Israeli cooperative projects.
Copies of “The Quest for Development” are available through Publications Department, DM16, Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, 823 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017, or any of the League’s regional offices.