- Taschenbuch: 208 Seiten
- Verlag: Penguin (28. Januar 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0141031182
- ISBN-13: 978-0141031187
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Dead Aid: Why aid is not working and how there is another way for Africa (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. Januar 2010
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A damning assessment of the failures of sixty years of western development (Financial Times)
Kicks over the traditional piety that Western aid benefits the third world (Books of the Year Sunday Herald)
Dambisa Moyo makes a compelling case for a new approach (Kofi Annan)
Provocative ... incendiary ... a double-barrelled shotgun of a book (Daily Mail)
This reader was left wanting a lot more Moyo, a lot less Bono (Niall Ferguson)
There is no doubt: we want to help. The well-documented horrors of extreme poverty around the world have created a moral imperative that people have responded to in their millions. Yet the poverty persists. At a time of unprecedented global prosperity, children are starving to death. Are we not being generous enough? Or is the problem somehow insoluble, an inevitable outcome of historical circumstance? In this provocative and compelling book, Dambisa Moyo argues that the most important challenge we face today is to destroy the myth that Aid actually works. In the modern globalized economy, simply handing out more money, however well intentioned, will not help the poorest nations achieve sustainable long-term growth. "Dead Aid" analyses the history of economic development over the last fifty years and shows how Aid crowds out financial and social capital and feeds corruption; the countries that have 'caught up' did so despite rather than because of Aid. There is, however, an alternative. Extreme poverty is not inevitable. Dambisa Moyo shows how, with improved access to capital and markets and with the right policies, even the poorest nations can prosper.If we really do want to help, we have to do more than just appease our consciences, hoping for the best, expecting the worst. We need first to understand the problem. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch. Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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After watching an interview with Dambisa Moyo on the Dutch TV I got interested in this book but.... one thing is clear, this lady may be very well educated but she is not a writer. Another thing is clear too, she is an African and as such is maybe not able to see reality as it is. Most of the ideas are not new. Even thought I had never read a book about this subject most of what I read here I knew already and her ideas of how to improve the situation are some good, some bad. I found that she talks too little about the huge amount of families (taxpayers), struggling in everyday life to give their children a better life and who have to pay for people in other countries as well. She mentions it briefly but I would have liked to hear more about it. What about all the hard working, decent, law abiding people who have difficulty making ends meet or barely make a living but are forced, whether they want it or not to send part of what they earn to other countries around the world? I would also have liked to have heard about why we send our money there in a big way but have to receive their people in our countries in a big way too! And after they come to our countries they send part of what they earn (when they are not living on benefits, that is....), back to their countries not benefiting our economies in the least but profiting from them big time. It all seems a big one way street which will never end. But Dambisa Moyo is a supporter of remittances not caring at all what this is doing to the same countries which have welcomed these people! But why should she care...... she is an African after all, still as the author of such a book she should have looked into all the detail and analyzed it in a realistic, impartial way. Then she is against countries subsidizing farmers. Aren't countries sovereign and therefore free to do whatever they find is best to protect their own people? No, according to her subsidies must end so that Africans can sell the products as well. In the end she is against aid, which is a good point of view but she still wants Africa to have it all, and that is wrong. African countries, for example, could trade among each others if they can't trade as much as they would like outside of their continent. This is a free world but she seems to have forgotten that. I think that we in the Western world have done more than enough to relieve poverty, now is up to the countries themselves to do it if that is what they want. Putting more money into the pockets of corrupt governments is not going to change a thing, she is right! And why is the Western world, so concerned with poverty and poor human rights records, fuelling corrupt, violent regimes in poor countries? I would have liked to read more about that as I don't know the answer.
One thing I discovered in this book, poor countries don't seem to be as poor as we might think, just people keep the gold and the money at home while sucking all they can from other countries, oblivious of the fact that someone, somewhere is struggling every day in order to supply them with more and more money. I was in Africa a few times and noticed that Africans seemed to see me as a source of easy goods. They would come up to me and demand that I give them my clothes, my hat, my shoes or whatever they fancied and where shocked when I didn't agree. That is how they see us, as the sugar daddies! And what about disaster relief? Every time it is like a circus on TV and people donate a lot of money, even those who can hardly afford it like pensioners, forgetting all the money they already sent, even without noticing it, which has all gone to waste! Why are TV stations so keen to make people part with their money? Because it makes great disaster TV? And people are so very naïve that they go along with it!
Whether China is good for Africa I don't know and I couldn't care less, what I know is that aid needs to stop, immigration needs to stop and Africa needs to take responsibility for its own future. After all it is an enormously rich continent, let's not forget that!
I missed a chapter on over population, surely a problem in Africa and other poor countries. Why is so little done to reduce the population? Only because they supply us with a never ending source of cheap labour? That would solve a lot of problems and Dambisa Moyo is right, when the money is gone the corrupt governments will be too! This said I will look for another book on the subject as this one didn't answer many of my questions at all! Too much misleading marketing I believe....... but I could have guessed, this is a too important matter to treat in 154 pages!
The main reasons of my disappointment are:
1: The author only focuses on direct governmental aid. You don't need this book, neither a PhD to understand that this type of aid is not working and encourages corruption of the regimes helped.
I had hoped that the author would have given me a bright vision of the help of all kind of NGO's. A lot of money is going down the drain there as well, but there are also some prosperous NGO initiatives. But there's no answer how to reorganize the NGO work, in order to really help the people who needs it. Now, most projects are only helping the 'elite' in Africa, who really don t need help
2 The comparison with China. China did develop the last decade, most African countries didn't. One argument I really miss here is the difference in attitude towards labor. The Chinese are way ahead in this compared to European countries and light-years ahead of Africa. Chinese are willing to work very hard to get themselves out of the problems, most Africans don't.
Because of this difference in attitude towards labor, Chinese employers in Africa are rather unpopular among their Africans employees.
3 The author has no reflection on her own career. Consider this: when she was born as a white male from, let's say, Austria, would she have had the same career opportunities? Probably the availability development budgets (and the social eagerness of employing higher educated African women on high positions) made it possible for her to study abroad and having the career she is having.
To be honest, if this book was written by this white, Austrian, male, I don't even think any publisher would have published it. Therefore her writing style is to poor. It's not a page-turner at all, except for the pages with all kind of background information which easily can be skipped.
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