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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.
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on 10 June 2015
I dithered over what rating to give this book, I am very glad I read it, completely agree with much of Moyo's premise and think it's a strong viewpoint that needed to be aired publically and has hopefully galvanised debate about whether aid is a cure or curse. All very strong so far, however the reality of each supporting argument left me flat, there are lots of assertions not supported through evidence, contradictory examples and selective use of data to support the author's viewpoint. My advice would be read it, come to your own view on the issue but don't expect this book to provide a perfect answer. I have lots of respect for Moyo for writing this, a much needed voice to add to the aid debate.
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on 1 November 2014
Brilliant book explains clearly why Charity and Aid fail so often in the third world. Having grown up in Africa and then living there again later in life I have seen first hand the social and economic disasters perpetuated by well meaning people who believe giving billions in aid or charity is helping the poor and needy in the world. Cash only fuels wars and encourages dictatorships to flourish and charity goods often end up being sold or put the very people they think they are helping out of work.
Read this book now if you are serious about really helping the third world.
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on 14 March 2015
A Very thought provoking book which clearly highlights big flaws in the current world view of offering aid to developing nations.
Thought this book is a few years old now, little has changed in the way the west views its role in providing loans and grants to poverty stricken countries/continents.
I only hope that the enlightened practitioners amongst us will start to make large and brave changes very soon or sadly I do not see a bright future for those less well off than ourselves.
The huge cynic in me would ask the question, 'Why are we continuing with a failed approach which has not worked to alleviate poverty after more than 60 years???' - Human stupidity, institutionalization or worse? - Who gains from this ongoing failed approach/strategy?
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on 21 January 2018
Required reading for anyone who wonders why we send aid to poorer countries. Its to remake them with laws that reflect liberal values.
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on 30 July 2015
An excellent well researched book targeting the mischievous belief that donor aid would solve Africa's intricate mixture of western involvement and exploitation and Africa's own leaders' dependency on aid facilitating the absence of accountability to its own people. A challenging perspective for western governments and donor agencies who promote more aid to Africa without the prospect of achieving any meaningful economic growth and independence
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on 5 January 2017
interesting read even though I do not agree with a few points this author makes
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on 14 December 2017
Excellent and thought provoking.
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on 18 February 2015
well worth reading as it gave a good insight into how some of these so called international NGOs do not understand or respect the locals or there way of life
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on 3 November 2016
Extremely one-sided and not particularly well-written. Absolutely didn't live to up to any of the hype.
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