Live aid and dead aid 07.12.18 (Aid (Aid has become orthodoxy (authorised…
Live aid and dead aid 07.12.18
Aid has become orthodoxy (authorised or generally accepted practice)
No longer something that is debated- beyond politics and beyond debate.
seen as unquestionably good, as something morally right e.g. despite current recessions, there is a cross party agreement to ring fence international aid budget.
Blurring of lines between development and military aid.
Also linked to celebrities.
Lack of accountability- Policies shaped by unelected politicians outside the country.
Dead aid- Dambisa Moyo (the anti Bono)
Aid is not working- makes the poor poorer, discourages enterprise, creates dependency and undermines democracy.
"but my voice cannot compete with a guitar".
Her solution to aid dependency
Turn off the aid tap over 5-10 years to save Africa from its "aid addiction".
Attract foreign direct investments and expand the free market.
Allow Africa to access markets- all will benefit from high growth rates.
Moyo is often the "voice of Africa" in these debates- although, she is African born she was educated in Oxford and Harvard.
She workled for 2 years at the world bank, and also worked for Goldman Sachs. She has also been a board member of Barclays, Seagate, Chevron and SABMiller.
Believes in benefits for all, by opening up the market.
Paul Kagame Rwanda- supporter
"Aid leads to more aid and more aid and more aid and less independence of the people that are receiving aid".