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Nursing Foreign Aid Back to Health: Is Aid to Africa is “Dead” April 16, 2009

Filed under: Africa,Liberal Hypocrisy,Welfare — afrocity @ 10:38 AM
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(This post is dedicated to my conservative Texan friend Valorie- a very smart woman and great mom.)

Despite evidence to the contrary, the preponderant positive influence of America’s welfare state is still reported and encouraged by liberals. Concerning US foreign aid and relief programs, the quest for uniformity and evaluation of our efforts remains elusive and counterproductive as domestic aid. There is too an unexplained imbalance in mainstream media coverage of foreign aid having a stunting and negative impact upon its recipients.

During times of foreign crisis it is often the desire of the Western world to conform to political correctness and help the victims. Or so we would like to believe. We must act to lend a helping hand. That is our “duty”. Therefore we must face the inevitable task of dolling out money to foreign countries in order to positively affect the world social and cultural order and the lives of the citizens living therein. As with welfare programs in the United States, the question still remains whether or not this foreign aid is actually “aiding and abetting” the very social ailments it attempts to cure.

Dead Aid: Why aid is not working and how there is another way for Africa by Dambiso Moyo

Dead Aid: Why aid is not working and how there is another way for Africa by Dambiso Moyo

In her book Dead Aid:Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa author Dambisa Moyo explains that the true intent of foreign aid to Africa is controversial and often undermining of its original goals. Judging from the book’s title, this will not be a welcomed read for liberal welfare state/government intervention enthusiasts or those who are afflicted with political correctness disorder. Moyo advocates that rather than treating foreign countries as welfare states, the West should instead offer proposals for developing countries to finance development and self efficiency in lieu of foreign dependence.

Author Dambisa Moyo

Author Dambisa Moyo

Moyo is a native of Africa. She was born in Zambia and holds a PhD. in Economics from Oxford University, a Masters from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Moyo worked for Goldman Sachs for 8 years where she worked in the debt capital markets and as an economist in the global macroeconomics team.

I highly recommend this book and I wish it was required reading for Barack Obama and every member of Congress.

Here is also recent clip of Dambisa Moyo on Fox News.

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7 Responses to “Nursing Foreign Aid Back to Health: Is Aid to Africa is “Dead””

  1. Rodrigo Díaz Says:

    Moyo advocates that rather than treating foreign countries as welfare states, the West should instead offer proposals for developing countries to finance development and self efficiency in lieu of foreign dependence.

    Terrific thoughts, by the lady and it should be put into practical application.

    Who or whom shall begin this?

    The original colonialists of Africa, where in some nations of Africa their residual/remnants of power still exists?

    The Islamist’s that only want power, conversion and continuance of enslavement? (that includes you, House of Saud)

    The answer would be, the United States of course….But it seems like Obama has turned a blind eye to the continent.

    Bush, to his credit gave increased money for the AIDS effort, over the Clinton administration, but BOTH should have been more forceful, in gathering and promoting a stronger African continental military force, for the battle against Islamics.

    Then again, I could be completely off base here.

  2. UberInfidel67 Says:

    It pains me to see parts of the African continent under the thumb of islamic rule. There is so much beauty and culture that is slowly being eaten away at by islamists. We really should be strengthening our ties with cooperative nations on the continent rather than “reaching out” to the unclenching regimes that are peppering our planet.

  3. Stateofdisbelief Says:

    Here’s the real problem. So many of these multi-national companies came in and took self-sufficient cultures and bought their existence from corrupt governments leaving them unable to grow crops or access water. This created a need for “money” that was never there before — i.e., well, you used to be able to feed your family by growing your own food and trading for extras, but now you must buy these thing so you’ll need money. Oh…and you’re going to have to rely on us to provide it. You can work for a pittance and we’ll basically own you. And don’t think you’ll be able to get that water for free anymore either. It is a heinous cycle that breeds upon itself. These are the seeds of the fallacies that keep us pointing the fingers at each other here below the millionaire level. People want to be self-sufficient — that is what spurred the Revolution…but those in power keep moving the bar and telling us that we are powerless without them. It is now a global syndrome and both political parties do their bidding. This election has made that abundantly clear.

    • Janis Says:

      Jeez, that sounds like what was done to Ireland a while back, and what was nearly done to the US in the early 1700s. Take someplace rich with raw resources, and finagle it so they have to export to a foreign power and then import the finished goods. Or am I reading this wrong?

  4. Karagush Says:

    i have found myself seeing more and more success with agricultural microloans, and mircroloans for women seeking sewing machines in africa and central asia. This seems to be good work helping these women start businesses that will help them support their families and become self sufficient.

    I like this as it makes the women more valuable to their families and their men and increases their status as well as their ability to feed the family.


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