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Aid: Can It Work? OCTOBER 5, 2006 Nicholas D. Kristof The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good by William Easterly Penguin, 436 pp., $27.95 The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time by Jeffrey D. Sachs Penguin, 416 pp., $16.00 (paper) Millions Saved: Proven Successes in Global Health by Ruth Levine and the What Works Working Group, with Molly Kinder Center for Global Development, 167 pp., $26.95 (paper) The Trouble with Africa: Why Foreign Aid Isn’t Working by Robert Calderisi Palgrave Macmillan, 249 pp., $24.95 Africa’s Stalled Development: International Causes and Cures by David K. Leonard and Scott Straus Lynne Rienner, 159 pp., $18.95 (paper) Those are some of the challenges of making foreign aid effective, and they can stand for many other examples. There are also many examples of foreign aid that are extraordinarily effective, and that can be used to encourage generous donations. But the pitfalls of aid tend not to be discussed among humanitarians, at least in loud voices, for fear of scaring donors. And now along comes William Easterly, in his tremendously important and provocative new book, The White Man’s Burden , which asserts with great force that the aid industry is deeply flawed. A few years ago Professor Easterly wrote a good book, The Elusive Quest for Growth ; and his new book contains many dozens of separate observations that, taken together, make up the most cogent critique of the foreign aid system that I’ve seen. His specific suggestions make sense and his book is a pleasure to read and even frequently funny. But some readers will take away from it the fundamental conclusion—even though he doesn’t draw it— that foreign aid just doesn’t work; and that would be deeply incorrect. The fact is that many of the people you meet in any African village are alive because of foreign aid. Professor Easterly’s book arrives on the scene just as there is a growing consensus in support of foreign aid, particularly for Africa. In the past, conservatives were often deeply hostile to aid, with Jesse Helms dismissing it as “money down a rathole,” and Tom DeLay saying it meant “putting Ghana over Grandma.” But some Font Size: A A A Page 1 of 8 Aid: Can It Work? by Nicholas D. Kristof | The New York Review of Books 2/28/2011 ..
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conservatives have changed their views, and the result is that the Bush administration is spending three times as much on aid to Africa as the lowest figure during the Clinton years (for which the Republican Congress at the time was partly to blame). Partly because of Bono’s efforts, sympathizing with Africa has become cool. Stars like Angelina Jolie have
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