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Tonight: Dead Aid at Politics and Prose

To hear Bono tell it, there's no better way to fill Africa's distended bellies than to funnel billions of dollars into the pockets of corrupt bureaucrats. Dambisa Moyo, "a Zambian who built her econ chops researching African development at Goldman Sachs and the World Bank," begs to differ. The Washington Independent's Aaron Wiener previewed Moyo's talk tonight at Politics and Prose for City Lights. Check out the pick and watch a video of Moyo debating Oxford's Paul Collier on Al Jazeera English.

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  • Dave

    MR, what's your take on Mike Gerson's column this morning slamming Moyo?

  • Mike Riggs

    Moyo flubbed the AIDS numbers--big time--but she also admitted in the book that emergency aid wasn't the focus. Her proposal is for building diverse economies, stimulating industry, expanding trade relations, and making better use of comparative advantages.

    If she had said nothing about AIDS, or, better yet, conceded that emergency aid was a fair exception to her plan, Gerson would have only been able to raise objections about her politics, which are market-oriented.

    I can't really speak to the five-year plan--it sounds wildly ambitious.