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. Dead Aid, a book by economist Dambisa Moyo, claims that aid is the cause of all of Africa’s problems. While ONE has never argued that.

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Time to turn off the aid tap? Western political imperatives against freer aaid continue to reign, and efforts to depose the current regime are proving futile.

I have a suspicion that there’s a lot of this kind of tokenism behind this book’s enormous popularity. The tax receipts that aid releases are then diverted to unproductive and often wasteful purposes rather than the productive public expenditure education, health infrastructure, etc for damhisa they were ostensibly intended.

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There is just so much pressure to buy local food. When I first heard this I thought it sounded nuts and tot I liked this book a whole lot.

Casting aid itself as the villain in this story leads into some iffy territory, including the leveraging of the same, tired dependency language that welfare recipients in the US are often subject to. Are we really this gullible? The core of her argument is that there is a better alternative [and it deserves] to be taken seriously. 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.


In the oddest turn of events, the fact that aid reduces competitiveness, and thus the trading sector’s ability to generate foreign-exchange earnings, makes ai even more dependent on aid, leaving them exposed to all the negative consequences of aid-dependency. Time and again, she fails to grapple with the single biggest factor determining the poverty of the continent – how the state functions, and has failed to function. In conclusion, I was glad to read a book by a fellow African on African issues.

So,is the book good and convincing? East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

It’s an ok book with a few new ideas but not many then aren’t already argued better elsewhere. Views Read Edit View history. There are many who will want to promote her views, only too eager to cut aid budgets as pressure builds on government spending.

Saying that, it did leave me with many more unanswered questions. Foreign aid programs, which tend to lack accountability, and check and ddead, act as substitutes for tax revenues. And here is how. With the first barrel, Moyo demolishes all the most cherished myths about aid being a good thing. Apr 03, Dave rated it liked it. You would certainly not conduct business with the offending party a second time.

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Largely meandering with no coherent argument about why aid, itself, is bad. As in, even if countries are corrupt and leaders spend aid money on frivolities like private jets, they still get money next year. Moyo’s fourth book, Moyl of Chaos dabmisa, was released on April 19, Molto interessante la prima parte, nella quale l’autrice spiega le ragioni per cui gli aiuti all’Africa si sono rivelati inutili o addirittura dannosi. Nevertheless a good and interesting perspective on the aid problem.


She has written four New York Times bestselling books: As an economist, she also measures the effect of aid on ordinary businesses who lose out when foreign aid meets demand instead she uses a ad net seller as an example. The keys to success in many Asian countries were the role of a strong, interventionist state that nurtured industry and an elite who invested in their own country: In a review, Paul Collier stated that “her diagnosis of dambosa recent disasters in financial markets is succinct and sophisticated”, and “I applaud her brave alarum against our economic and social complacency: By she had travelled to more than 75 countries, examining the political, economic, and financial workings of emerging economies.

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Moyo seems smart as a whip with courage of her convictions and a fierce loyalty to her homeland, Zambia, and to sub-Saharan Africa generally. Yet her social infrastructure is in a state of utter decrepitude! For anyone who isn’t really comfortable with the idea of western governments sending dajbisa of dollars in taxpayer money to Africa, where it often ends up in the corrupt hands of warlords, or with the idea, propagated by Bono et al.

I started this book in ’09 but picked it up and re-started it again last month, given the context of my hopeful Peace Corps deployment as a business volunteer in Africa. Do I believe her? Despite being written by an African Economist I think it gave a very narrowminded perspective of development. I find that a little facile.