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Books on development that change the game

Written by on October 19, 2009 in Helping Without Hurting, Notes By The Way with 0 Comments

I just finished reading an article entitled “Arrested Development” in Prism Magazine. The author, James Thomas, gives an overview of four books about development that attempt the change the game.

He starts out with The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs, a well known book calling the wealthy nations to give more — much more — money to stimulate development in the poorer countries of the world. He casually slips in that Jeffrey Sachs helped the countries of the former Soviet Union in their painful (some would say “misconceived”) transition to capitalism, indicating the direction the rest of the article will take.

The next three books come from a variety of sources, but they all share a common belief that international aid isn’t working and giving more isn’t the answer. I’ve read the first book, The White Man’s Burden, by William Easterly. The other do are on my wish list at Amazon: Africa Unchained, by George Ayittey and Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa, by Dambisa Moyo.

Thomas ends with a reluctant swipe at Bono and his very popular ONE Campaign. I love U2 …

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