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.

via – Dambisa Moyo.

Is it me or is the Captain of the Do Good Society jumpy and a bit defensive about Dambisa Moyo’s Dead Aid. From what I remember, Moyo cleared outlined good aid vs bad aid and the brand of aid the Mr. Gates is being defensive about was among the necessary vehicles of assistance that Moyo, myself, and other Africans support. After all, we can’t call for economic investments if we don’t have a healthy work force.

But this also points to what is going to become a growing trend. As Africans start rising and questioning the establishment, prepare for even more backlash. I consider Gates’ dismissal of Moyo’s argument mild against what I fear will be more vicious attacks from entranced aid institutions who see a threat to their existence.

  1. I was a bit surprised that Gates said what he said. It seemed so off the cuff. Then again, perhaps Gates is as much a political economist as Bob Geldof. While there are things about Moyo’s positions that I like, what I find unpalatable is what appears to me to be a complete embracement of capitalist development doctrine. If African counrties follows the same or a similar path as China, India, and other emerging economies, there is very good reason to bellieve they will end up with the same probems, and we have plenty of examples here in North America, both Canada and the USA: wide spread poverty, corruption, environmental degredation, the continued immisseration of disproportionate numbers of the population, etc. I don’t see Moyo (or Gates) discussing these things. I put more currency in Moyo’s economic appraisal, but I am also more sceptical of her’s as she is a born again capitalist.

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