In the past fifty years, more than $1 trillion in development-related aid has been transferred from rich countries to Africa. Has this assistance improved the lives of . Moyo’s first book, Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There is Another Way for Africa (), argues that. Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder Poor Economics by Abhijit V. Banerjee Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo The.
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Jul 12, Marianna Altabbaa rated it really liked it. May 30, Bee Han rated it really liked it. With the first barrel, Moyo demolishes all the most cherished myths about aid being a good thing.
Why is it that Ghana and Singapore had roughly the same income levels in the s, and are now poles apart? The contrast between aid to Africa – which has an endless This book is extremely troubling and worth reading for that reason alone. And it is a clarion call to a new, more hopeful vision of how to address the desperate poverty that plagues millions.
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Born and raised in Lusaka, Zambia, Moyo completed a Ph. I wanted to love this book because it seemed dambisw articulate my own rising skepticism toward aid after a couple of years working in the international development sector.
It is a very good starting point for further discussion, and can contribute to eliminating confusing ideas. She calls for fair trade, improved credit ratings for African countries and for Africa to forge trade alliances with China who she calls Africa’s friend. Apr 10, Liz rated it really liked it Shelves: Africa is the region that receives the largest amount of foreign aid, receiving more per capita in official development assistance than any other region of the world. A review in the Financial Times stated that “If Dambisa Moyo is right, the demands xid the world’s most populous state are bad news for the rest of us Showing of reviews.
There were scattered sentences here and there which could have formed the nucleus of arguments for her position, but these often appeared late in the book and almost as asides.
Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa
Dead Aid is an unsettling yet optimistic work, a powerful challenge to the assumptions and arguments that support a profoundly misguided development policy in Africa. Using miyo statistics, Moyo argues that government-to-government or bilateral aid which should be distinguished from charity-based aid to Africa undermines the ability of Africans to conceptualize their own best economic and political policies.
However, the point about corruption in Africa is not that it exists; the point is that foreign aid is one of its greatest aides. Damibsa Moyo, Economist and author”.
I’ve already said too much.
There is no question that much of the aid intended to build economies in Africa has been grossly wasted, stolen, and misused. If the world has one picture of the African continent, it is one of corrupt statesmen. So I guess you could say that Dead Aid moved me and provoked me to think, and that is always a good thing for a book to do.
But with the second, crucially, she goes on to explain what the West could be doing instead. Arguing that the aid program in Africa has not worked precisely because it was never conceived with the intention of promoting the vambisa development of Africa, she proposes alternatives to foreign aid.
I am not an economist and most of the jargon was lost to me. It’s probably the worst thing but it is also the easiest thing.
But dxmbisa huge flaws of the emerging economies are ignored. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. And a lot of copy editing–Moyo is not a particularly felicitous writer. There are so many generalisations skidding over decades of history, such frequent pre-emptory glib conclusions, that it is likely to leave you dizzy with silent protest.
And she gives examples of countries that have raised their per capita GDP without much use of aid – Botswana, Namibia, Equatorial Guinea – without acknowledging the diamond and oil wealth that distorts this story: Bono’s efforts to have debt nullified are dismissed as an insult s Largely meandering with no coherent argument about why aid, itself, is bad.
I react to that proposal the same way Jaime Talon, one of the lead characters in my novel, Heart of Diamondsdid when confronted by a similar argument about a panhandler in New York: Pumping more money into it will not work. It seems that aid-receiving governments should, at the very least, have to account for their aid spending.
Moyo cannot be dismissed as a crank. This phenomenon is known as the Dutch disease, as its effects were first observed when natural gas revenues flooded the Netherlands in the s, devastating the Dutch export sector and increasing unemployment. Their ability to assess risk and police wasteful government spending in Kinshasa is rather suspect, at least to me.
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