The debate about development aid has polarized into competing positions, there are aid skeptics such as Bill Easterly (2006) and Dambisa Moyo (2009) who say aid doesn’t work and should be discontinued and those such as Jeffrey Sachs (2005) who are advocates of aid and posit that aid works and donor countries should increase the amount of aid they give to under developed countries
Dambisa Moyo in particular argues that state-to-state large financial donations from United States and Western Europe to African governments has shifted the focus of African governments from attempting to gain credibility in the eyes of their citizens to attempting to stay in the good graces of the wealthy donor states.
Bill Gates has attacked Moyo’s work as being uninformed about how aid actually works and of providing political cover for conservatives in Western states who have opposed foreign aid as a matter of ideological principle.
While Moyo has been clear that she is not criticizing emergency aid or aid from NGOs and charitable organizations, Gates responded as if she never made this distinction.
What are your thoughts on Moyo’s critique of state-to-state non-emergency aid, and of Gates’ claim that her work aids and abets the right wing of the political spectrum?
Do you know what aid to Africa is for?
Should aid to Africa be discontinued? If so why and if not why not?
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