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Why Africa is Poor by Greg Mills
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bookshelves: economics, africa, all-my-books, read-2013

This is a very interesting book to read about the plight of Africa in the midst of unprecedented amounts of foreign aid. The book shows clearly, with examples, that simple aid is no the answer.

It also points to two of the big problems in Africa: Leaders that do not really care about the people, but rather their own ways of life; and a populace, that even in democratic countries, continue to vote for parties and presidents that are clearly failures.

Mills points out how Far Eastern countries and South American countries dug themselves out of deep holes through making the right decisions, and then started flourishing. On the other hand, African leaders refuse to make these decisions, because aid has made it just too easy for them.

A must read book!
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Reading Progress

October 7, 2011 – Shelved
September 21, 2012 – Started Reading
September 21, 2012 – Shelved as: economics
September 21, 2012 – Shelved as: africa
September 21, 2012 –
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4.29%
September 29, 2012 –
page 63
11.75% ""The way in which the world has preferred to deal with Africa’s poverty and development challenges has been with increased volumes of aid. As will be seen [in this book], no country has developed solely through aid. Most of the donors themselves did not develop in this way. To the contrary: aid can have a rash of unintended and negative consequences which make development less, not more, likely." (p7)"
October 7, 2012 –
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October 20, 2012 –
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October 21, 2012 –
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November 7, 2012 –
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November 14, 2012 –
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November 18, 2012 –
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November 24, 2012 – Shelved as: all-my-books
December 16, 2012 –
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December 18, 2012 –
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February 3, 2013 –
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February 8, 2013 –
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March 24, 2013 –
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March 31, 2013 –
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April 3, 2013 – Finished Reading
December 11, 2013 – Shelved as: read-2013

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Phumlani Michael You're making brilliant points William. I haven't read the book yet. But I will next month.


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