Closing The Chapter: Dead Aid, Dambisa Moyo
This December, we have been reading Dead Aid, by Zambian economist, Dambisa Moyo. The book explores the cause of Africa’s current state of poverty. She blames Africa’s mounting poverty on the reduction of Africa, by Western countries. This reduction has brought Africa to her knees, a child on her knees, at the mercy of these countries kindnesses. What she finds most annoying about this aid is that it comes from a place of pity, and when someone pities another, it leaves very little room for mutual respect or financial symbiosis. It creates an unbalanced dichotomy, that of the beggar and the lender. Africa may need a lot, but it can do without the pity of the West.
She backs this up by stating that over the past fifty something years trillions of development aid has flowed from Western governments to Africa and even in spite of this, rock stars and other glorified Western celebrities are still rallying for more aid. But, well-meaning or not, this aid has not helped Africa. If anything, it has only worked towards stunting the economic growth of the continent (the ‘how’ of this is better expounded on in the book). It has ruined Africa, making it incapable of growing herself into something autonomous.
Ms. Moyo has made many people with a direct interest in Africa feel attacked by the truth that she metes out, and this just goes to show that she’s on to something. Dead Aid provides us another way, an alternative. Using hard evidence to illustrate her case, Moyo shows how, with the right policies, even the poorest nations can turn themselves around. She forces us, as Africans to have a paradigm shift, and actually consider autonomy.
Her language is conversational, and the financial jargon is broken into bite sized pieces; making the ideas discussed and solutions provided easily understandable.
We hope that you enjoyed reading Dead Aid as much as we did, and if it wasn’t in your alley, at least you learned something new? Other books by Ms. Moyo include Winner Take All which is available at Text Book Centre.
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Happy New Year!
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