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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However, what I did not like was the way everything was painted to be rosy and clear, she made the solution sound so easy.

The book also sounded more like an essay, rather than the book – but that did not undermine its deqd in any way. When you squander aid money, more will come next year. First of all, I cannot believe that her thesis was so controversial because much of it seems like common sense to me. In fact it has the opposite effect by promoting corruption, a lack of accountability and political wars by those jostling to be the atop deax the funnel for free money.

Largely meandering with no coherent argument about why aid, itself, is bad. Moyo seems smart as a whip with courage of her convictions daambisa a fierce loyalty to her homeland, Zambia, and to sub-Saharan Africa generally. Dec 20, Ardyn rated it really liked it Shelves: I react to that proposal the same way Jaime Talon, one of the lead characters in my novel, Heart ad Diamondsdid when confronted by a similar argument about a panhandler in New York: Deaad find both arguments hard to swallow, especially since they are based mostly on the logical premise of cum hoc ergo propter hoc with this, therefore because of this.

As Africans, we should not let Dead Aid go to the archives without us using it. Together with environmental and labor issues, omyo are now serious barriers to trade. One suspects that behind this book is a remarkable woman with an impressive career and very little time for learning how to write a good book.


She does not pull her punches. In a review, Paul Collier stated that “her diagnosis of the recent disasters in financial markets is succinct and sophisticated”, and “I applaud moto brave alarum against our economic and social complacency: She bj evidence, both statistical and anecdotal. Should I read this book? Our obsession with it has detracted from the more important ways in which we can promote development: Millions in Africa, she notes, are poorer today on account of aid dependency.

After dambiwa the myth created by many policymakers and celebrities that Africa simply needs more charity, Moyo poses a series of hopeful alternatives. While we should not abandon Africa and leave it to its own devices, it is clear that the current system does not work.

I bought this book when it was making a buzz around the world and now it has become another great piece of workable solutions for Africa heading straight to the archives of our public libraries.

I have a suspicion that there’s a lot of this kind of tokenism behind this book’s enormous popularity. The media floods us with negative images about the continent so all we ever see edad the starving children, pictures of in-fighting and military coups, Somali pirates, basically all negative stuff. And why aren’t recipients sagacious enough to put an end to the lethal cycle of aid? I saw the eloquent Ms.

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dambisq One person found this helpful. 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. I just finished reading Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo. Born and raised in Lusaka, Zambia, Moyo completed a Ph.

She’s also dead on when she calls for an improved business climate in Africa so that direct investment, both foreign and local, stands a better chance to succeed. She also addresses arguments which people might have for aid i.


This book offers a fresh insight into the plight of poverty and a vision for developmental change–the kind of change that could help millions. 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. This book is a collection of largely unsupported neoliberal ideologies aimed to propagate the status quo.

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 short.

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Jul 20, Derek Simon rated it it was ok. This section could have been expanded upon to be more robust and evidence based, but there was enough to prove her point. As always, a thoroughly researched book with an air of authority that could only come from an African talking about affairs related to Sep 19, Czarny Pies rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways b order to create buzz, reward your audience, deac attract new followers and customers.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give bh a second life. For example, Equatorial Guinea has the highest GDP per capita in Africa but the majority of the country lives in poverty – inequality, a very significant factor, has been overlooked in her analysis.

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Retrieved 4 June air This part of the book was possibly the most interesting as I had absolutely no idea! Showing of reviews. While aid funding unwittingly goes to support dictators and corruption, China might openly and willingly fund dictators. Moyo obviously believes that Africans can compete with anyone when allowed to play by the same rules.