Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Dambisa Moyo articulating her message

With others...on this very opportune time in the debate.
Essentially, these are the questions.
  1. Would you dance all night to the same song? As Einstein/Benjamin Franklin said "insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results".
  2. If you were 45, won't be ashamed to be asking for aid for the same reasons you did when you were 20? Maybe not, but for sure you'd want to have tried doing things differently ala Equity and microfinance; CDF; commercialising agriculture; increasing trade with local economies
  3. What is the underlying message of aid? That Africans can't do it for themselves, they are at war, poverty and disease ravages their continent et al
  4. What about humanitarian aid? Even this has changed form the days where bales of wheat would be dropped at the airport for gova to distribute. Now, NGOs spend $4,500 per hr on helicopters distributing the aid. Its harder to raise the funds these because of donor fatigue...
Time to think out of the box.

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