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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According to Moyo, Africa needs less aid, not more– aid does nothing but help Westerners feel good about themselves helping maintain the illusion that they’re doing the “right” thingwhile their checks support corrupt leaders and discourage meaningful, long-term growth. Not to mention the carbon footprint of products crossing the Atlantic several times instead of once.

I just finished reading Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo.

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The White Man’s Burden: But with the second, crucially, she goes on to explain what the West could be doing instead. The New York Times. The Wall Street Journal.

The ultimate goal, as far as Moyo is concerned, is an aid-free Africa. Moyo has some good moy, but she does tackle the problem from a narrow, very market-centric perspective.

Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa

May 08, Lucy rated it liked it Shelves: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It is dambiea recommended by Mr Aaid here: Very interesting read, and definitely recommended to friends.


The contrast between aid to Africa – which has an endless This book is dambisz troubling and worth reading for that reason alone. On the contrary, it is economic growth that is a prerequisite for democracy; and the one thing economic growth does not need is aid.

Moyo’s book doesn’t really deliver on its promise. Retrieved 7 July While it makes good points–particularly that humanitarian aid to Africa hasn’t worked as a way to start economic development–those points get lost in Moyo’s scattershot approach and lack of documentation.

I wanted to love this book because it seemed to articulate my own rising skepticism toward aid after a couple of years working in the international development dambsa. Jul 02, Stephanie Josine rated it it was ok. She’s interested in bringing development and growth to places that need it badly and have been neglected for many years.

Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa by Dambisa Moyo

And here is how. Indeed, aid has been and continues to be, an unmitigated political and economic and humanitarian disaster for Africa. However, rather than blaming Aid sole as the main reason why Africa is failing – in my view, her strongest dammbisa is that aid fuels corruption and feeds corrupt leaders. She finished her degree in the U.

Dambisa Moyo was born in in Lusakathe capital of Zambia[5] and studied chemistry at the University of Zambia. Retrieved 4 June Austin Elected to Chevron’s Board of Directors”. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Aid creates a fertile ground for rent-seeking, that is, the use of governmental authority to take and make money without trade or production of wealth.


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But the huge flaws of the emerging economies are ignored. Moyo explains that there are three types of aid: Retrieved 13 November All that said, this book prompted me to think a bit more about more effective ways to finance development or use aid. I can’t write my opinions without creating conflict with a bunch of aid industry people who would argue ’til the cows come home. It is a very good starting point for further discussion, and can contribute to eliminating confusing ideas.

Peterson Institute for International Economics. Her arguments are very convincing and Ai urge economists and people interested in politics or those simply interested in Africa to read this and sort of stop and think.

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Retrieved 26 October Essentially, sending money is the easiest thing we can do. The Elusive Quest for Growth: Mooy contrast between aid to Africa – which has an endless horizon and ad large amounts of money – to the Marshall Plan which was short 5 years and relatively small amounts of money a few percent of the recipient country’s GDPis stark. As she puts it, “As foreign aid comes in, domestic savings decline; that is, investment falls.