Toxic Aid

Indigenous developing world experts such as Hernando de Soto and Dambisa Moyo have long railed against the top-down development so beloved by Gordon Brown and the defunct rock stars. They claim that the money goes to help 3rd world dictators maintain their secret police while rewarding their cronies and themselves. Bob Geldof’s charity, ONE, has even launched an e-mail campaign to enlist African NGOs to smear Moyo. However, Zambia’s Centre for Infectious Disease Research, rallying to her side admitting that most people in the Third World consider foreign aid to be a joke, and are incredulous when they learn that Westerners think it actually does some good.

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