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Thought provoking and relealing book
on 11 April 2015
I thought this book did an excellent job of exposing the dark world of overseas aid. It worked through all the issues in an ordered way, describing in detail so many of the problems which, instead of being relieved by aid funding, are in fact being mostly created by it. The author puts her points across very well to give a convincing argument against blindly pouring aid into the developing world. As she points out, aid has been one of the biggest hurdles these nations have been forced to deal with, giving rise to corruption on a massive scale.
Later in the book she points out how China has become very active in Africa. This is seen by many in the west as purly an excersize in self interest, but realistically the way the Chinese operate is giving real tangible benefits to a lot of these developning nations. Overal, I enjoyed reading this book as it trashed an awful lot of the general accepted viewpoints so popular in the western nations. I have lived and worked in several West African nations and have seen of a lot of the waste, incompentence or just outright corruption which is endemic once aid money comes pouring in.
Read this book and you will see that aid, in the present form favoured by the west, is not the massive boost so many people claim it to be, but more of a shackle holding back so many nations.