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The major difference between the aid described by Sachs and that supported by Moyo and Easterly is that which separates dependency from self-sufficiency. In his article “Aid Ironies”, Sachs attacks Moyo and her compatriots for their criticism of foreign aid to Africa. What Sachs fails to realize is that true sustainability of aid comes not from pouring out resources to Africa in fulfillment of some supposed obligation, but rather from supporting indigenous industry and markets so that they may come to stand on their own. As Easterly points out in “The White Man’s Burden”, the West has already spent roughly $2.3 trillion on foreign aid, yet Africa continues to lack vital necessities such as vaccines and anti-malarial nets that cost essentially nothing (Easterly 4). While I personally disagree with Moyo’s clear rejection of aid regardless of the expense, which in the case she describes is the loss of life of millions of innocent children, I am inclined to support her economic analysis of the needs of Africa. As
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