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The Trouble with Aid: Why Less Could Mean More for Africa
In this book, Jonathan Glennie argues that government aid to Africa actually has many very harmful effects. He claims that aid has often meant more poverty, more hungry people, worse basic services for poor people and damage to already precarious democratic institutions. Rather than the Make Poverty History slogan "Double aid to Africa," Glennie suggests the opposite: "Ha ...more
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Books on aid tend to be partial or polemical or both. Despite the title this is considerably more even-handed and analytical book than most. Where other accounts take selective potshots at the sacred cows of others this one methodically hunts down sacred cows of all persuasions and meticulously butchers them. The conclusions are equally uncomfortable both for those who believe in aid and those who oppose it on shallow ideological grounds. If you want a single sentence summary here it is: even wh ...more