The author, an African economist, Damibisa Moyo, is very convincing (to me) at showing how African countries do not benefit at all from receiving aid in money from western countries. She convinced ME, though I am not an economy expert and don't fully undertand some of her claims. However, I think she didn't really explained why, if it is so clear that international aid is so detrimental to Africa development, western countries do not stop supporting Africa in that way. I think she omitted (not sure whether purposely or not) a few things about interests some western countries might have in keeping things as they are.
All in all a good book that we should all read.
Excoriates international development funding with some strong economic arguments. Where HAS all that money gone? WHY are parts of Africa still in such a mess?
There are problems with the text, and some factual errors (e.g. around PEPFAR). More comments to follow, but I DO believe this is an important book, albeit one that should be read critically, and bearing in mind it's written by an academic economist. Other disciplines, for example political and social scientists, may be unhappy with this book's emphasis on economic expediency to make sense of the outcomes of international aid....Continua