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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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At best, it feels like a list of facts and figures with slightly half-baked conclusions; at worst, it feels like blatant shoe-horning of evidence to fit a pre-decided conclusion.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? 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 I don’t think the author ever really made the case for her proposal. I just finished reading Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo. But the huge flaws of the emerging economies are ignored.

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It sort of bothered me that Moyo didn’t really talk much about the continent’s colonial past but at the same time I understand her pressing urgency in wanting the continent to move forward, regardless of how badly it’s been bastardized by Europe. Dead Aid is an interesting, provocative look at the foreign aid industry and its effects on Africa. Retrieved 26 June But in a misguided attempt to appeal to an increasingly progressive readership it has masqueraded itself as revolutionary.

Her most indefensible proposal is that aid simply makes people lazy. It is itself an underlying cause of social unrest and possibly even civil war. Illuminante l’esempio del fabbricante di zanzariere fallito a causa dell’iniziativa benefica di una star di Hollywood George Clooney?


It’s pretty hard to argue with the case made by Dambisa Moyo in Dead Aid. In Dead AidDambisa Moyo describes the state of postwar development policy in Africa today and unflinchingly confronts one of the greatest myths of our time: While aid funding unwittingly goes to support dictators and corruption, China might openly and willingly fund dictators.

So why did the aid funding bodies believe that throwing free money at Africa would solve its problems?

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

T he danger is that this book will get more attention than it deserves. Views Read Edit View history.

This page was last edited on 25 Decemberat Succeeding in a rebellion and running the government means the winners have access to the many millions of dollars, Euros and pounds that continue to flow.

Oct 13, Elliard Shimaala rated it really liked it Shelves: Dambisa Moyo at LinkedIn. Jeffrey Sachs, who manipulate the African leaders with their neo-liberal agendas.

This little book has been a hit with economists who think that the only solution to grinding third world African poverty must be market-based. View all 4 comments.

Ultimately, as Moyo articulates with a palpable sense of frustration on her part, if we want to see Africans succeed, the rest of the world needs to stop treating them like children—and that includes pumping unlimited money into the country in the hope that it will somehow make things better.

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By putting something else in her crosshairs, Moyo misses her mark. Moyo delves into the world of Fambisa aid and explores its effects and its impact on Africa. The book consolidated her career of traveling worldwide investigating and analyzing economic conditions and writing about her conclusions. Using dependable statistics, Moyo argues that government-to-government or bilateral aid which should be distinguished from charity-based aid to Africa undermines the ability of Dmabisa to conceptualize their own best economic and political policies.


Cut the aid flows and, with help from China, African economies will boom and there will be good governance. I don’t think her get-rid-of-all-aid agenda will ever actually materialize only because I don’t think it’ll ever be all-or-nothing BUT I do think it’s worth considering what would happen if we tried this.

The major issues include bad government policies and corruption. Because foreign aid is fungible–easily stolen, redirected deae extracted– it facilitates corruption. In particular, it explores the implications of China’s rush for natural resources across all regions of the world. Finally, Moyo comes across as an enthusiastic proponent of trade with China but only mentions in passing that China has slack labor and environmental prerequisites for trade.

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: Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. For anyone who isn’t really comfortable with the idea of western governments sending billions 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.

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. Apr 04, Ben Babcock rated it liked it Shelves: Write a customer review.