Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sachs-Poyo-Easterly: Who will win the aid debate?

There appear to be some heated arguments flying around (as reported by Kristi York Wooten at the Huffington Post) over the future of aid policy between some of the big guns: Jeff Sachs (economist at Columbia), William Easterly (at NYU) and relative newcomer, Dambisa Moyo (author of the book Dead Aid). Easterly sums up the debate here on his blog.

Moyo's book makes some strong accusations of the aid 'establishment': namely, that aid to Africa has created dependency on the West. The book has made a big splash in the media world - enough for Time magazine to name her as 'one of the most influential 100 people in the world'...

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