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Dambisa Moyo says Teach ‘Em How to Fish

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I have to say, I agree with Moyo.  Here are some highlights:

For the whole article go here.

Dambisa Moyo

Dambisa Moyo

You argue in your book that Western aid to Africa has not only perpetuated poverty but also worsened it, and you are perhaps the first African to request in book form that all development aid be halted within five years.

Think about it this way — China has 1.3 billion people, only 300 million of whom live like us, if you will, with Western living standards. There are a billion Chinese who are living in substandard conditions. Do you know anybody who feels sorry for China? Nobody.

Maybe that’s because they have so much money that we here in the U.S. are begging the Chinese for loans.
Forty years ago, China was poorer than many African countries. Yes, they have money today, but where did that money come from? They built that, they worked very hard to create a situation where they are not dependent on aid.

What do you think has held back Africans?
I believe it’s largely aid. You get the corruption — historically, leaders have stolen the money without penalty — and you get the dependency, which kills entrepreneurship. You also disenfranchise African citizens, because the government is beholden to foreign donors and not accountable to its people.


Written by rentec

21 February, 2009 at 6:58 pm

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  1. I agree with the premise that entrepreneurship needs to be fostered for success in africa. I agree that corruption amongst african leaders is a major cause of the problem, and that the reliance on aid is unfortunate and needs to be reduced over time. However, her ideas are good in theory but not morally plausable in practice. If aid is withdrawn, thousands of babies and children will die. People need access to healthcare, people need food. Implementing her plan will mean doctors leaving the continent, non-operational hospitals, death from starvation, and it goes on. The end will not justify the means.


    22 February, 2009 at 6:13 am

  2. I can concede your points, but then I think about the news stories I’ve seen with men toting guns and parcing out the supplies they decided to keep instead of selling them for more weapons. Something has to be done. I don’t want children to die, of course, but aren’t they dying anyway?


    23 February, 2009 at 3:46 pm

  3. Bono and the other celebrities have already noticed the positive impact and air time that that Dambisa is receiving.

    Check out their latest tactics here. They can only win with dishonesty:


    29 March, 2009 at 9:51 pm

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