Review: Dead Aid by Dambisa MoyoMadeleine Bunting is alarmed by a book that argues against giving aid to Africa. 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 . 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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Moyo’s fourth book, Edge of Chaoswas released on April 19, This is Moyo at her weakest; she is an economist by training and her grasp of the political economy of Africa is lamentable.

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Moyo’s first book, Moojo Aid: Dambisa Moyo, Economist and provocateur”. In a review, Paul Collier stated that “her diagnosis of the recent disasters in financial markets is succinct and sophisticated”, and “I applaud her brave alarum against our economic and social complacency: 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.

Why has there been so much civil war and so many corrupt dictators? There are so many generalisations skidding over decades of history, such frequent pre-emptory glib conclusions, that it is likely to leave you dizzy with silent protest. CVX announced that Moyo had been elected to Chevron’s board of directors. There already exists plenty of excellent analysis on the benefits of the huge investment China is making in Africa; Moyo is telling us nothing new. The result is an erratic, breathless sweep through aid history and current policy options for Africa, sprinkled with the odd statistic.


Austin Elected to Chevron’s Board of Directors”. Dambisa Moyo born 2 February [1] is a Zambian-born international economist and author who analyzes the macroeconomy and global affairs.

There are many who will want to promote her views, only too eager to cut aid budgets as pressure builds on government spending. Council on Foreign Relations. A review in the Financial Times stated that “If Dambisa Moyo is right, the demands of the world’s most populous state are bad news for the rest of us The Financial Times summarized the book’s argument, stating “Limitless development assistance to African governments, [Moyo] argues, has fostered dependency, encouraged corruption and ultimately perpetuated poor governance and poverty.

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In a review of the book, economist Paul Collier stated, “Aid is not a very potent instrument for enhancing either security or accountability.

The New York Times.

Retrieved 4 June Economics, Aid and Education: Handelsblatt GmbH, e-published 14 April Retrieved 7 July A Response to Jeffrey Sachs”.

Dambisa Moyo was born in in Lusakathe capital of Zambia[5] and studied chemistry at the University of Zambia. 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.


This page was last edited on 25 Decemberat She argues that western liberal anxiety about suffering in Africa would be better deployed ensuring fair-trade terms on commodities such as cotton and sugar. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Retrieved 20 May In one of the most unconvincing sections, she argues that it is aid which causes corruption and conflict, and aid which inhibits social capital and foreign investment. Relevant here would have been Paul Collier’s analysis of the role of geography in his recent book The Bottom Billion: She has written four New York Times bestselling books: Retrieved 26 June Omjo, you could say. Moyo is a very serious lady indeed.

Why is it that Ghana and Singapore had roughly the same income levels in the s, and are now poles apart? But by the next paragraph, Moyo is already on to racism and Max Weber’s analysis of Protestantism and capitalism. Moyo is a frequent public speaker and columnist. Britannica Book of the Year