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1. August 2008

To aid or not to aid ...

... das ist nicht exakt die Frage hier, aber ein neues Buch beschäftigt sich mit dem für mich sehr sympatischen Thema “The trouble with Aid” von Johnnie Glennie. Auf dem BetterAid.org-Blog heißt es dazu:

"Johnnie Glennie asks [in his book] whether we are missing the point by putting too much of our energy into campaigning for more aid. Everyone agrees we want better aid, but should there be more or less, and does it do any good? This debate has kicked off again both on the Guardian’s Katine blog and betweeen Glennie and Oxfam’s Duncan Green, author of another new book From Poverty to Power on the latter’s blog.

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Danke, Johnnie, well done!

About the Book

Africa is poor. If we send it money it will be less poor. It seems perfectly logical, doesn't it? Millions of people in the rich world, moved by images on television and appalled by the miserable conditions endured by so many in other countries, have joined campaigns to persuade their governments to double aid to Africa and help put an end to such shameful inequality.

It seems simple. But it isn't. In this book, Jonathan Glennie argues that, along with its many benefits, government aid to Africa has often meant more poverty, more hungry people, worse basic services and damage to already precarious democratic institutions. Moreover, calls for more aid are drowning out pressure for action that would really make a difference for Africa’s poor. Rather than doubling aid to Africa, it is time to reduce aid dependency. Through an honest assessment of both the positive and negative consequences of aid, this book will show you why.

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