Dambisa Moyo’s book entitled “Dead Aid” was first introduced to me last Spring, in my grade twelve Challenge and Change in society class. Though I have only read passages from the book itself, the concept that Dambisa Moyo preaches is not at all an easy one to grasp. Upon first hearing it, one may find themselves baffled at such a notion. Upon closer inspection, and coupling that with a better knowledge of how International Relations and Economics work together, I came to the conclusion that I am in full agreement with Dambisa Moyo.
The argument Dambisa Moyo makes is that all of the aid we as the “West” have been sending to many nations, but specifically those in the continent of Africa, is essentially useless. Dambisa Moyo claims that spending $1 trillion building wells, schools, sending food and the like is a temporary solution, and that once our presence leaves the nation(s) once again, they are left on their own, with corrupt governments and armed gangs.
Dambisa Moyo proposes that helping African nations develop their economies is a much more productive solution than the current “band-aid” solution that we know as Foreign Aid. Building economies equates to building a long-term solution, and ensures future independence for these nations, I completely agree with Dambisa Moyo.
The way I see it, we feel so good after donating, or going on a volunteer mission, and that warm feeling stays with us. That same feeling is fleeting for those receiving the aid, we are making them reliant on us for this fleeting feeling of warmth. Let’s stop, and really think, about how we can make that same feeling of fulfillment a lasting one for these people in need.
Feel free to share your thoughts on this topic, I have attached a link to Dambisa Moyo’s webpage where you can read all about her and her work!