Sunday, March 29, 2009

Dambisa Moyo on Charlie Rose

Dambisa Moyo sat down with Charlie Rose last week to discuss her views on African aid programs and her new book, Dead Aid.

Thanks to John at Controlled Greed for recently highlighting this Charlie Rose appearance, as well as the recent Wall Street Journal piece by Moyo entitled, "Why Foreign Aid is Hurting Africa".

We first mentioned Moyo here last month in a "Features of the week" item highlighting a recent New York Times interview about the "Anti-Bono".

As you can probably tell from the article titles mentioned above (and you will know from the video interview), Dambisa Moyo takes a very skeptical view of the conventional foreign aid money drops which dominate the Western world's playbook of "assistance" to the African continent and its people, or rather, its corrupt politicians who tend to benefit most from these monies.

I have not read her book, so it is difficult for me to say much about the proposed solutions she offers in place of conventional aid money. But for now, it's good to hear another clear, intelligent voice offering up a much-needed counterargument in this debate.