Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. In this important analysis of the past fifty years of In Dead Aid, Dambisa Moyo describes the state of postwar development policy in . and occasionally conflicts outright with the interests of citizens-free mosquito nets, for instance, killing the market for the native who sells them. Dambisa Moyo. Farrar Dead Aid is the story ofthe failure ofpost-war development policy. the aid-free solution to development: why it is right, why it has. A Matter of Dishonesty. A Review of: Dambisa Moyo. Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and. How There is . bonds are a good alternative to free aid grants. 6.

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Of course, Moyo doesn’t go quite that far, but I certainly do. Others have been saying this same thing for a long time, but it’s often disregarded as an excuse for saving money or keeping help from the poor. Pumping more money into it will not work.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Dancing in the Glory of Monsters. An extremely neoliberal approach to the problem of development in Africa. 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.

This book is extremely troubling and worth reading for that reason alone. If the world has one picture of the African continent, it is one of corrupt statesmen. aiv

Dec 20, Ardyn rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. The tax receipts that aid releases are then diverted to unproductive and often wasteful purposes rather than the productive public expenditure education, health infrastructure, etc for which they were ostensibly intended. Interestingly, one of Moyo’s biggest problems with aid is the lack of conditionality attached to it.


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

These are the people who brought us sub-sub-prime mortgages wrapped in gilt-edged bond ratings and called gold. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. For the past sixty years, she says, Africa has been fed aid.

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. Because, she says, it’s clearly not working.

Dambisa Moyo, who formerly worked for Goldman Sachs and the World Bank, draws a conclusion not unknown to others in the field: To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. 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.

Apr 03, Dave rated it liked it. Moreover, she also blames Western Aid givers from not actually 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 bank accounts.

Pulling Africa out of the swamp of poverty is a complex operation. Well, when I read the book I started to totally see her point. 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. Think Like a Freak.

Aid creates a vicious cycle of dependency in Africa; a ddad that chokes off desperately needed investment, instills a culture of kleptomania, and facilitates rampant and systematic corruption, all with deleterious consequences for economic growth.


Moyo, who was born and raised in Zambia, joins a small but growing dqmbisa of observers including microfinance expert Muhammad Yunnus who argue that charity from Western nations cripples African governments by fostering dependency and corruption without requiring positive change. 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.

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Examples are legion in Africa. Dead Aid is an unsettling yet optimistic work, a powerful challenge to the assumptions and arguments that support a profoundly misguided development policy in Africa. Moyo’s Dead Aid model provides solid answers to these intriguing questions.

Sep 19, Czarny Pies rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I recommend this for all aid workers, and really anyone connected with emerging or not economies.

I react to that proposal the same way Jaime Talon, one of the lead characters in my novel, Heart of Diamondsdid when confronted by a similar argument about a panhandler in New York: With a global perspective and on-the-ground details, Moyo reveals that aid is often diverted to the coffers of cruel despotisms, and occasionally conflicts outright with the interests of citizens-free mosquito nets, for instance, killing the market for the native who sells them. In fact, poverty levels continue to moyl and growth rates have steadily declined—and millions continue to suffer.

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