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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She catalogues evidence, both statistical and anecdotal. After unraveling the myth created by many policymakers and celebrities that Africa simply needs more charity, Moyo poses a series of hopeful alternatives.

Dambisa Moyo and Dr. Before we can talk about improved trade or better credit ratings, let us reinvent our way of thinking. If you want to do something right now that would be very helpful, visit kiva. But her central point is indisputable. To me, it seems obvious that you help someone more by dambis something from them than from giving them a handout. Her proposal to phase out aid in five years is disastrously irresponsible: Jul 04, Whitlaw Mugwiji rated it really liked it.

Whether you agree with Moyo’s reasoning or not, you have to seriously question the solutions she proposes.

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

Don’t misunderstand my aix. A System in Need of an Overhaul” — via www. The contrast between aid to Africa – which has an endless This book is extremely troubling and worth reading for that reason alone. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I add my astonishment at Dr. Pumping more money into it will not work.

I recommend this for all aid workers, and really anyone connected with emerging or not economies. Gli aiuti si rivelano letali anche quando si pongono come concorrenti agli i 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.


This is an important book which anyone interested in helping the people of less developed countries LDCsespecially of sub-Saharan African countries, should read.

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

Relevant here would have been Paul Collier’s analysis of the role of geography in his recent deac The Bottom Billion: The book offers hope for the future and it lays out a clear and simple plan of action. It is a really good primer to better understand the reason that sub-Saharan Africa is in the pickle it is, and how the West’s “help” is not as helpful as it could be. Clare Herbert rated it it was ok May 08, It is a very good starting point for further discussion, and can contribute to eliminating confusing ideas.

Dambisa Moyo – Wikipedia

Moreover, she also blames Western Aid givers from not mlyo measuring the impact of their aid, rather, they continue to give aid, in spite of it having no effect and being squandered by corrupt governments, who use it to fund their expensive foreign trips to Harrods Grace Mugabe and stockpile it in foreign akd accounts.

Retrieved 4 June What Steve Berkman “Gods of Lending” does at the ‘micro’ level – showing how aid agencies may be making things worse because their funds are so vulnerable to corruption – Moyo does at the ‘macro’ level.

Return to Book Page. She returns again and again to the amount of aid that has been given to African countries over the last 5 decades and points to how little there is to show for it.

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Jul 25, Kim rated it really liked it. I however agree with her policy prescriptions of increasing trade with China, India and other developing nations, banking the unbankable and possibly raising money using remittances as securities. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Want to Read saving…. 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.


The lives of the poor will not necessarily improve because they will still be subject to low-grade living conditions and exploitation by warlords.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. Botswana began with a high ratio of aid to GDP but used the aid wisely to aix important public goods that helped support good policies and sound governance and laid the foundation for robust economic growth for the country. When you squander money obtained from issuing bonds and world investors, good luck getting more for another decade.

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The problem is that this kind of analysis much of which is now only of historical relevance provides ammunition for those who are sceptical of international responsibilities and always keen to keep charity at home. If we give aid because we have this idea that all the African countries need is enough money to get them standing on their own, then that idea is wrong.

You can feel how close to dambixa heart writing this book is because admbisa, while 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.

Moyo, Dambisa June Yet her social adi is in a state of utter decrepitude! A great read for both world leaders and citizens interested in international development.

Council on Foreign Relations. Just read the aod. There is no quest Dead Aid is an interesting, provocative look at the foreign aid industry and its effects on Africa.