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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking, 2 Aug. 2010
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This review is from: Dead Aid: Why aid is not working and how there is another way for Africa (Paperback)
A book that argues that Western Aid (and in particular Government to Government Aid) is actually bad for rather than good for Africa. The author makes her case pretty convincingly; decades of Aid don't seem to have improved Africa's lot. Rather - the book claims - it has made corruption worse and distorted African economies.

It's when she presents alternatives that the book struggles a bit. African nations should borrow on the international bond markets rather than accept Aid. Perhaps, but now is not the best time for that. The author is keen on Chinese investment in Africa, yet it is not clear how this is different from or better than western investment.

Overall the book has a slightly dry academic feel to it, Moyo is an economist not a journalist and it shows. While much is made of her being African, yet she doesn't seem to have lived there since she was a child, and there is little personal in a book heavy on economics.

A book anyone interested in the issues around Aid should definitely read. But a bit thin on hard examples to be quite the devastating critique of Aid that some credit it with being.
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