Friday, February 26, 2016

Anti-Aid Anti-Red Nose Day: How To Really Help Africa

Recently, the African Economics Expert James Shikwati gave an interview with Spiegel entitled "For God's Sake, Please Stop the Aid!" This is a very interesting area of debate.

The West, and at least Britain, is well known for is aid giving to Africa and third world nations. A case in point is Red-Nose day.

What if it's doing more harm than good? I first came across this alternative way of thinking through this cause on Facebook but found the above interview of supreme importance.

I wish you all to view the video debate below. The motion in the video debate is: "Aid to Africa is doing more harm than good".

(Part 1 of 14) 
You can also view parts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.
The motion: "Aid to Africa is doing more harm than good"
Moderator: Brian Lehrer
Speaking for the motion: George Ayittey, William Easterly and David Rieff
Speaking against the motion: C. Payne Lucas, John McArthur and Gayle Smith
IQ2US marks the launch of Oxford-style debating -- one motion, one moderator, three advocates for the motion, three against -- in New York City. Each evening begins at 6:00P with a complimentary cocktail period. As you enter the theater before the debate starts at 6:45P, you cast your vote for or against the evening's motion. Those results are displayed midway through the debate as each side makes its statements. After all six panelists speak, the audience has a chance to ask the speakers questions and vote again. The debate finishes with brief summations from the panelists, the votes are tallied and a winning side is declared.

Another very interesting article on the topic is by Alex Kurtagić entitled 'We Aren't the World: Resisting Liberal Imperialism'. The original article was called 'Geldof's Folly' but that was "A primitive version of" 'We Aren't The World' which "superceded the early one".

I also recommend reading this very interesting article: 'The Folly of White-Sponsored Development' by Alex Kurtagić (also found here).

Also see the below:

"vast 28-page booklet with information and a polemic exposing the repugnant ideology that lurks beneath Geldof's foul-mouthed diatribes and the high-flown universalism associated with the self-righteous poverty campaign." - our answer to the Live 8 concerts organised by the ever-odious and self-righteous Bob Geldof, and supported by Gordon Brown and Tony Blair and the world media and a thousand fashion-conscious Rock and Pop artists - V/A (v/c) Anti-Geld of Compilation 2CD, 2006 (Reference #FERLY035CD)

Earlier, Geldof had ranted against this.


* Stop aid, it is killing Africa: A free thinker’s unpopular views on the economics of donations, Ngare, Cornell; Daily Nation, October 1, 2015
* Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta urges Africa to give up aid, BBC News, June 12, 2015
* 'Stop giving aid to Africa. It's just not working', Wittenberg, Dick; NRC Media, March 6, 2009
* Stop giving us aid, say Africans, Hannan, Daniel; The Telegraph, May 19th, 2009
* Why foreign aid fails -and how to really help Africa, Acemoglu, Daron and Robinson, James A.; The Spectator, January 25, 2014
* Why Foreign Aid Is Hurting Africa, Moyo, Dambisa; Wall Street Journal, March 21, 2009

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