Interesting Aid Critique as Sober Thriller,
This review is from: Ten Weeks in Africa (Hardcover)
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This is a solid, unfussy book that plunges straight into the poverty and corruption of contemporary Africa. At it's core to my mind is the idea- rejected for decades by the corporate driven Western Aid machine- that money handouts to developing world governments does not effective aid make. Capitalism in it's simplistic, value-judgement free way sees simple cash distribution to sympathetic actors [usually corrupt dictators] as the optimum way to distribute aid, but of course it has business interests at its heart more than the humanitarian, and the ordinary public are suckered into supporting such a system through a sense of easy guilt-release more than anything else.
This well written book charts that world and without any messing about gives the reader plenty to think about, while wrapping a good story around it, deep inside the mechanics of a fictional African state. Good stuff.