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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Dambisa Moyo

She finished her degree in the U. I would love to see a more robust study of the potential for market engagement to transform developing economies, and for systems which incentivise transparency and accountability by design.

Buy the selected items together This item: However, if you are expecting that Dr. The heavy spending on the military mpyo inflation that destroys the local businesses. But it is a good reason nonetheless.

And worse for it having “validated? She mkyo right, however, that there are unedifying aspects of aid – in particular, the continued protectionism of both the US and EU: For the past sixty years it has been fed aid. Somehow, Moyo expects the magic of the free market financial system to end corruption in Africa, stop wasteful spending, and power the continent out of poverty.

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However, what I did not like was the way everything was painted to be rosy and clear, deaf made the solution sound so easy. Regarding bonds, her chief arguments seem to be: He claimed to have read the book and stated “books like that — they’re promoting evil”.

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: Open Preview See a Problem?


Anyone who is interested in Africa. It confronts those aid gurus, like Prof. What is clear is that democracy is not the prerequisite for economic growth that aid proponents maintain. Largely meandering with no coherent argument about why aid, itself, is bad.

Therefore, they are better equipped to develop innovative ways of overcoming these obstacles—mobile micro-finance is but one of them.

Her primary thesis is that not only has aid not helped to end poverty a view also held by William Easterly: Her arguments are cogent and succinct and she explains her views in ways that I wish I could express my own. Very interesting read, and definitely recommended to friends.

No trivia or quizzes yet. The result is an erratic, breathless sweep through aid history and current policy options for Africa, sprinkled with the odd statistic.

Thus you reward good management and good morals. Despite being poorly argued, Dead Aid will boost Moyo’s profile. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. I recommend this for all aid workers, and really anyone connected with emerging or not economies. The author’s focus for the purpose of the book is systematic aid. Her Dead Aid strategy leaves room for modest amounts of aid to be part of Africa’s development financing strategy.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it dambisw, trade it in, give it a second life. Moyo insists dambiza really is that simple. 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.

With the first barrel, Moyo demolishes all the most cherished myths about aid being a good thing. I’m looking forward to more works by her.

Moyo is brilliant, and if our governments adopted the tactics she outlined her book we’d save millions of dollars while encouraging natural, healthy economic growth in Africa. Arguing that the aid program in Africa has not worked precisely because it was never conceived with the intention of promoting the economic development of Africa, she proposes alternatives to foreign aid.


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 core of her argument is that there is a better alternative [and it deserves] to be taken seriously.

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. In addition, regarding FDI she doesn’t give a credible explanation for how this model works for the vast majority of African nations without extensive oil reserves.

Because foreign aid is fungible–easily stolen, redirected and extracted– it facilitates corruption. Jul 25, Kim rated it really liked it.

She succeeds in convincing me that aid can be more harmful than helpful, and that a more nuanced view of the situation is necessary if we are going to improve it. Why is it that Ghana and Singapore had roughly the same income levels in the s, and are now poles apart?

The battle is to press for more effective aid, not cut it altogether. Economists’ Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics. She has written and lectured on topics ranging from global markets, the impact of geopolitics on the economy, the future of the job market, the outlook for growth in China, and the past and future paths of interest rates.

Please try again later. There already exists plenty of excellent analysis on the benefits of the huge investment China is making in Africa; Moyo is telling us nothing new.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Moyo criticizes the Jeffrey Sachses and the Bonos of the world, and calls for a shift away from and ultimately, a cessation of the aid-based development model championed by Western policymakers and pop stars.