Dead Aid

Dambisa Moyo’s Dead Aid

“Africa is addicted to aid. For the past sixty years it has been fed aid. Like any addict it needs and depends on its regular fix, finding it hard, if not impossible, to contemplate existence in an aid-less world. In Africa, the West has found its perfect client to deal to.”

As an economic development volunteer, I am always interested in learning more about effective versus ineffective aid. Moyo’s book is the first of its kind that I have read because the author is actually an African woman and economist who has first hand of experience of the effects of Western aid on her country. In short- aid does not work. But instead of just telling us why aid doesn’t work, Moyo tells us what could work. I pulled out a lot of great insight and points in this book and I found her solutions to be understandable enough to actually work.