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All Poor Together: The African Tragedy and beyond Paperback – 31 Dec 2000

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  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Capricorn Publications (31 Dec. 2000)
  • ISBN-10: 0797421491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0797421493
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 14.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,448,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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US$300 billion of taxpayers money is missing in Africa
US$300 billion of taxpayers money is missing in Africa

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Feb. 2001
Format: Paperback
All Poor Together By John Hollaway
Capricorn Books
How I wish I had written this book! It captures perfectly a great many of the ideas that very much need to be expressed and need to be part of the continuing debate on what is happening in Africa today.
If you read this book, you will learn what really motivates the World Bank and development aid agencies as they weigh up the prospects of poverty alleviation schemes, competence building schemes, economic empowerment schemes, sustainable development schemes and other buzz-words that come and go with the fashions.
And you will learn how their projects have worked out in other parts of Africa, or rather how they have not worked.
John Hollaway has the central theme of mining running through the book, and this permits fascinating chapters or sections on prospecting, Hollaway's work as a trouble-shooting consultant, on the chemistry of mineral deposits and on the discovery of the South African goldfields. He also gets into the debate about asbestos, into the subject of corruption, and the gold mining scam in Indonesia that took stock exchange gamblers for hundreds of millions of real dollars. And he provides fascinating insights into events in Zimbabwe that predated European settlers by hundreds of years, and how trade in gold led to the building of what is now Great Zimbabwe.
But while the thread of mining remains in place throughout the book, you are carried into the debates on the value of gold, the closing of the gold window, the IMF's decision to sell gold, and then why it changed its gold sales policy.
It is also a book on disease and demographics.
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VERY GOOD BOOK 22 Oct. 2008
By Paolo GENOVESI - Published on
Format: Paperback
Very good book, basically two major problems for Africa are aid and cooperation, that should be eliminated completely and have given this fantastic continent a donor depending mentality; where his people for hundred of years have seen the white man and the rich countries as someone to extort money to and the world is also complicit to it. The second problem is the extended family mentality that causes nepotism and corruption, as i personally saw also in my own country italy. Generally excellent book, a bit too long and complex, maybe mr Hollaway need to be a bit more to the point. This book could have been written using half the pages.

Paolo Genovesi
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