Zambian-born economist Dambisa Moyo was quick to respond to Bill Gates’ criticism of her book-- about how the structure of aid has hampered Africa’s development.
Earlier this week, Gates was asked a question during a talk at the University of New South Wales. During the session, an audience member asked the billionaire philanthropist a question on whether aid in Africa has had negative consequences, based on the central idea of Moyo’s 2009 New York Times bestseller, “Dead Aid, Why Aid Is Not Working and How There is Another Way for Africa.”
Gates, who says he read the book, said the author “didn’t know much about aid and what it was doing in Africa,” adding that “Books like that are promoting evil.”
On Thursday, Moyo wrote on her blog: “I find it disappointing that Mr. Gates would not only conflate my arguments about structural aid with those about emergency or NGO aid, but also that he would then use this gross misrepresentation of my work to publicly attack my knowledge, background, and value system.”
Moyo’s book explains how aid continually hampers Africa’s development and the book. And she’s more than qualified to speak about economic development in Africa.
The former Goldman Sachs consultant goes on to write: “I have dedicated many years to economic study up to the PhD level, to analyze and understand the inherent weaknesses of aid, and why aid policies have consistently failed to deliver on economic growth and poverty alleviation. To this, I add my experience working as a consultant at the World Bank, and being born and raised in Zambia, one of the poorest aid-recipients in the world. This first-hand knowledge and experience has highlighted for me the legacy of failures of aid, and provided me with a unique understanding of not only the failures of the aid system but also of the tools for what could bring African economic success.”
Gates isn't the only one who has criticized Moyo, but she adds to the choir of many that have called for changes. And many of also questioned the methods of the Bill Gates Foundation as well.
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