It's a pretty strange dynamic: Wealthy company (Gap) in developed nation (America) exploits workers in one developing nation (sweatshops in China) and uses money to help people in other developing nations (Africa). It's not exactly charity, I suppose, but it's something.
Yeah, it's something. It gets people who feel guilty about Africa and want to do something about it to buy Gap product.Capitalism is Capitalism. It is not compatible with charity and humanitarian economic reform, no matter how much the well-intentioned Bono and Oprah think it is. Jason's right. It's exploitation of one group for the sake of another. It may be argued that Africans are overwhelmingly poverty-stricken, but to really help Africa, we need to get the World Bank to lift their debt and stop expropriating their resources. I'm curious to see where it all goes. Maybe it's something that can really generate some revenue for Gap, Apple and other participating companies. If not, they'll surely abandon it when it's politically more possible. Still, half the profits is a pretty sizable chunk, like Jason says - at least it's something.