Foreign Aid is hurting Africa

Foreign Aid is hurting Africa
Dambisa Moyo

Yet evidence demonstrates that aid to Africa has made the poor poorer, and the growth slower. The insidious aid culture has left African countries more debt-laden, more inflation-prone, more vulnerable to the vagaries of the currency markets and more unattractive to higher-quality investment. It’s increased the risk of civil conflict and unrest (the fact that over 60% of sub-Saharan Africa’s population is under the age of 24 with few economic prospects is a cause for worry). Aid is an unmitigated political, economic and humanitarian disaster.

Few will deny that there is a clear moral imperative for humanitarian and charity-based aid to step in when necessary, such as during the 2004 tsunami in Asia. Nevertheless, it’s worth reminding ourselves what emergency and charity-based aid can and cannot do. Aid-supported scholarships have certainly helped send African girls to school (never mind that they won’t be able to find a job in their own countries once they have graduated). This kind of aid can provide band-aid solutions to alleviate immediate suffering, but by its very nature cannot be the platform for long-term sustainable growth.

Whatever its strengths and weaknesses, such charity-based aid is relatively small beer when compared to the sea of money that floods Africa each year in government-to-government aid or aid from large development institutions such as the World Bank.

Dambisa Moyo, a former economist at Goldman Sachs, is the author of “Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa.”

That’s a pretty interesting take on things.Thanks!

Read Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins and you will understand what is done to poor countries in the name of aid. Shameful.

Private charity, personalized as micro-loans to specific children and families, is the only type of aid that is likely to work for Africa. Any large amount will attract the corrupt vultures that are in control in much of the continent.

Brian Lamb interviewed her on C-Span this week end. Very interesting.

Yes, so did Stephen Colbert last week. She seems to be making the rounds.

And we can see that the same is true in the US.

I remember debating that very same issue in high school decades ago, and the situation never gets better. It gets worse, if anything.

Of course it´s bad, the money from the immigrants to their families in South America is much good for them that all the aid that the dictator gets. But Bono and other clowns are very politically correct.

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