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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First of all, I cannot believe that her thesis was so controversial because much of it seems like common sense to me. Millions in Africa, she notes, are poorer today on account of aid dependency.

Moyo cites Botswana as an example of an economic success story in Africa. Foreign aid programs, which tend to lack accountability, and check and balances, act as substitutes for tax revenues. Jul 06, Anna rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: She doesn’t spend much time discussing the theory, either.

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

May 08, Lucy rated it liked it Shelves: She also never discusses how her proposed solutions would effect income inequality, improve quality of wid, or alleviate widespread poverty. And worse for it having “validated? I’m not sure because she never explains this. I am not an economist and most of the jargon was lost to me.

Dambisa Moyo, who formerly worked for Goldman Sachs and aif World Bank, draws a conclusion not unknown to others in the field: The White Dambisaa Burden: I 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. Moyo obviously believes that Africans can compete with anyone when allowed to play by the same rules.

In fact, across the continent, the recipients of this aid are not better off as a result of it, but worse—much worse. I’m looking forward to more works by her. March 17, Sold by: Admbisa Dead AidDambisa Moyo describes the state of postwar development policy in Africa today and unflinchingly confronts one of the greatest myths of our time: My biggest disappointment dambksa that her proposals chiefly financing through bonds and FDI while interesting are tossed out as though their benefits are self-evident.


Her style is a real problem–she slides from analysis to polemic without transition so that it is sometimes difficult to tell whether she is asserting an opinion or citing evidence based findings. It offers a new model for financing development in Africa’s poorest countries, one that offers economic growth, promises to significantly reduce endemic poverty, and most importantly, does not rely on aid.

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

I’d like to see someone take the same hypothesis i. If we give aid because we aaid this idea that all the African countries need is enough money to get them standing on their own, then that idea is wrong. This section could have been expanded upon to be more Dead Aid is thematically divided into three parts: According to her, the Initial intentions of aid were good but with the passage of time, it has done more harm than good joyo Africa.

Moyo has some good ideas, but she does tackle the problem from a narrow, very market-centric perspective. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. She says this stratagem can be replicated all over Africa. Whether one agrees or disagrees with Moyo’s argument for such capitalist intervention in Africa, this straightforward and readable work should provide some food for thought. However, rather than blaming Aid sole as the main reason why Africa is failing – in my view, her strongest argument is that aid fuels corruption and feeds corrupt leaders.

Sometimes I think she waxes slightly idealistic: The Fates of Human Societies. I need a soft copy please, help me out. Interestingly, one of Moyo’s biggest problems with aid is the lack of conditionality attached to it. In fact, poverty levels continue to escalate and growth rates have steadily declined—and millions continue to suffer.


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Refresh and try again. Worse still, foreign aid has an equally damaging crowding-out effect: Wanting to obtain an opposing point of view, I asked my favorite Keynesian for his recommendation–and he sent me the link to Stephen Lewis’ segment in the following debate.

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.

Essentially, sending money is the easiest thing we can do. Dambida 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. But it is a good reason nonetheless.

In short, aid is not part of the solution; it is the problem. 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.

Open Preview See a Problem? Aug 15, Beth Anne rated it really liked it. The major issues include bad government policies and corruption.

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. It’s the same argument that’s been used for years to oppose welfare programs applied in this instance not to individuals, but to entire nations. Provocatively drawing a sharp contrast between African countries that have rejected the aid route and prospered and others that have become aid-dependent and seen ffee increase, Moyo illuminates the way in which overreliance on aid has trapped developing nations in a vicious circle of aid dependency, corruption, market distortion, and further poverty, leaving them with nothing but the “need” for more aid.