The aid malaise

The aid malaise

Gerald Shaw reviews Dead Aid:Why aid is not working and how there is another way for Africa by Dambisa Moyo (Allen Lane)and The Trouble with Africa:Why foreign aid isn't working by Robert Calderisi (Yale University Press)

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Submitted by : Ralph Laing of Durbanville on 2009-10-30 08:43:23
The issue of the failure of aid to uplift and emancipate Africa is not new. Anyone with an ounce of reason realised long ago that the reliance on aid has stifled the growth and self-determination of Africans.

Africa is capable of feeding itself and exporting vast quantities of raw and manufactured materials; aid has taken away the need to do so.
Submitted by : Karen Campbell of King Williams Town on 2009-10-30 08:34:42
I take my hat off to Dambisa Moyo for telling it like it is - and African report by an African writer. I agree with Calderisi's viewpoint as well. It is indeed time that Africans stopped pulling the wool over their eyes and taking an internal locus of control perspective on their culture and countries. It should start at grassroots level - if you are uneducated and unemployed, then it stands to reason that you should choose NOT to have 8 children because you will perpetuate the poverty cycle and your country will have to hold out the begging bowl because its population outstrips its resources. Coupled with the rampant population growth amongst the poor, you will always have corruption in Africa because a blind eye is turned towards this unsavoury practice.


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