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The Trouble with Aid

March 8, 2012

The natural desire to help in Africa has become almost fashionable, but should we think a bit more carefully before jumping in?

I really like the ideas and ethics of this passionate plea from Dr Ernesto Sirolli here:

It will ruffle feathers to be sure – but if we feel jangled by it, maybe we have something to take on board? The economic argument to support Sirolli’s anecdotal account is well made by Dambisa Moya in her book “Dead Aid”.  I encourage you to watch the video and read the book. These are the principles which Disability Africa aspires to apply because they are as relevant to the historical approach to disabled people worldwide as they are to our historical approach to aid in Africa.
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