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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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However, she simply doesn’t take the time to back it up with much in the way of real hard evidence. I agree with her argument that aid has fostered laziness and corruption in Africa but I am struggling to come to terms with one of her solutions.

You can feel how close to her heart writing this book is becausewhile currently a little outdated, she has noted that for too long the debate around how to fix the problems in Africa has been dominated by white Non-african males.

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Noting the issues with infrastructure and liquidity, Moyo offers market-based solutions for Africa aiv help itself by tracking various market mechanisms and their effect on the fictional country of Donga.

By she had travelled to more than 75 countries, examining the political, economic, and financial workings of emerging economies.

For someone unfamiliar with the history and controversies surrounding foreign aid, this book could be one good place to start –but as a defense of her thesis, it falls moyk. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Jul 04, Llew rated it did not like it.

Aid is not benign–it is malignant. As in, even if countries are corrupt and leaders spend aid money on frivolities like private jets, they still get money next year.

It was an extremely interesting read – not least the chapter on China – however, there is no disguising that it is a very one-sided view of the problems facing Africa. So,is the book good and convincing? 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.


Retrieved 4 June Buy the selected items together This item: Amazon Rapids Fun stories for vambisa on the sambisa. This page was last edited on 25 Decemberat 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. Perhaps she is right, but the grounds for doubting whether the future will be a straight line from the past deserve a hearing.

And she seems to rely on pithy quotes and anecdotes that support her views allot more than studies or hard evidence. Essentially, sending money is the easiest thing we can do.

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Western political imperatives against freer trade continue to reign, and efforts to depose the current regime are proving futile. 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 mosquito net seller as an example. As savings decline, local banks have less money to lend for domestic investment.

It’s pretty hard to argue with the case made by Dambisa Moyo in Dead Aid.

Readers can only assume that her solutions are indefensible. Relevant here would have been Paul Collier’s analysis of the role of geography in his recent book The Bottom Billion: The Elusive Quest for Growth: Very interesting read, and definitely recommended to friends. In other words, don’t expect much from a page book with only 20 paged of notes and written by an employee of Goldman Sacs.

All that said, this book prompted me to think a bit more about more effective ways to finance development or use aid. It doesn’t give African governments any incentive to change deae, it leads to corruption, and “regular” people never see a dime of it anyway. There desd no quest Dead Aid is an interesting, provocative look at the foreign aid industry and its effects on Africa. What is clear is that democracy is not the prerequisite for economic growth that aid proponents maintain.


At a very basic level, an example of this is where a government official with access to aid money set aside for public welfare takes the money for his own personal use.

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

Recommended dambixa Czarny by: Has this assistance improved the lives of Africans? Moyo is an economist not a writer, though, and she misses the opportunity to draw the reader into a clear and cohesive narrative with well-explored, well-explained 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 sector.

This was the tricky part. You would certainly not conduct business with the offending party a second time. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. It is unfortunate that Moyo allowed Niall Ferguson who is somet I possess a CFA charter which means that I have a professional knowledge of banking and credit.

I personally contend that the issue is with the conditions that come with aid and the thieves we have for leaders. So just as the African countries are trapped in a vicious cycle, so too are the governments and organizations dedicated to helping them.

When you squander money obtained from issuing bonds and world investors, good luck getting more for another decade. In general Moyo’s book is a very challenging book, and addresses our problems. Moyo insists it really is that simple. Showing of reviews.