f_0018642_15964 - BOOK REVIEWS Moyo Joins the Frey By Anya...

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The Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations B OOK R EVIEWS Moyo Joins the Frey By Anya Schiffrin Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa . By Dambisa 0374139563 T he question of development in Africa continues to provoke debate. Over the last few years this debate has polarized into two broad camps, each with its own set of books and gurus. The first—loosely defined by free market principles—argues that aid does not help Africa and only makes things worse. The second camp—most notably Jeffrey Sachs and Bono—believes that the problems lie in the amount of aid spent. Of course, such debates are not new and have been going on in the development and economics community for decades. However, the argument between Sachs and Easterly has recently been taken public and, in some cases, gotten rather personal. Former World Bank economist William Easterly has criticized Jeffrey Sachs’ approach to development, and questions whether aid hinders development by allowing African states to subsist without needing to develop their national economies. Sachs (understandably) takes offense and feels his work is being undermined, especially since Easterly has become a darling of those on the right, who are generally opposed to spending money on aid and can now cite Easterly’s work when asking Sachs to defend his positions. 1 The Easterly/Sachs feud became public in 2005 when Easterly gave a critical review in the Washington Post of Sachs’ book, The End of Poverty . Easterly’s own book, The Elusive Quest for Growth , gave a potted history of development theory over the last fifty years and explained what did not work and why. In contrast, Sachs took the view that more aid would be the solution and he was offended by Easterly’s critique. Paul Collier weighed in with what was intended to be a more reasoned and middle-ground response. The Bottom Billion delved into countries afflicted by the ‘resource curse’ and the debilitating resource conflicts that arise. Collier calls for a Anya Schiffrin is Acting Director of the International Media and Communications Concentration at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York. 167
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SCHIFFRIN The Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations fairer trade regime, better coordination between donors, international charters, and in some cases, military intervention. The latest addition to the ‘no more aid’ camp is Dambisa Moyo, author of Dead Aid , as well as a student of Collier’s. As Niall Ferguson points out in his introduction to Dead Aid , it is refreshing to hear an African woman add her voice to the debate. Though Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Ellen Sirleaf Johnson can certainly be found at
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