Comic relief? Top black academic argues western approach is not working for Africa
Charities are 'small beer' compared to what Dambisa Moyo perceives to be Africa's real problem: the billions of pounds of aid poured into the continent by Western governments.
Consider the figures. In the past 50 years, the West has pumped around £35 trillion into Africa. But far from improving the lives of ordinary Africans, the result of state administered charity on such a colossal scale has, argues Moyo, been 'an unmitigated political, economic and humanitarian disaster'.
The effects are easy to see, yet always ignored. Over the past 30 years, the economies of the most aid dependent countries have shrunk by 0.2 per cent per annum.
Yes, in the UK we have been in recession for six months or so now, but countries like Malawi and Burkina Faso have been in recession for three decades. How is this disaster related to thoughtless Western aid? Directly...