Dambisa Moyo and Bill Gates about Aid in Africa

Dambisa Moyo
Dambisa Moyo

Dambisa Moyo Vs Bill Gates

In case you didn’t know, the web has been buzzing lately about an attack Bill gates did to our beloved Dambisa Moyo. He called her book evil and he also said she didn’t know much about the aid, how dare he ? But wait a second; I think they are both right not about being evil, of course!):

So here is what happen:

Round 1: Bill Gates attacked

May 28th, 2013 during a Q&A session at the University of New South Wales, Bill Gates, co-Founder of Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation critized and personally attacked Dead Aid.

The Scenes of the crime

Round 2 : Dambisa counterattack on her website

The whole piece here:

Dambisa said about the whole thing :

“I find it disappointing that Mr. Gates would not only conflate my arguments about structural aid with those about emergency or NGO aid, but also that he would then use this gross misrepresentation of my work to publicly attack my knowledge, background, and value system.”

Bill said:

“She didn’t know much about Aid…”

And she responds to the attacks by saying:

“I have dedicated many years to economic study up to the PhD level, to analyze and understand the inherent weaknesses of aid, and why aid policies have consistently failed to deliver on economic growth and poverty alleviation. To this, I add my experience working as a consultant at the World Bank, and being born and raised in Zambia, one of the poorest aid-recipients in the world. This first-hand knowledge and experience has highlighted for me the legacy of failures of aid, and provided me with a unique understanding of not only the failures of the aid system but also of the tools for what could bring African economic success.”

Final Round : The view from Under the Neem Tree

Bill you were wrong to call her evil. That’s not ethical. This is the United States for God sake; everyone is entitled to an opinion and to write a book about it. But you were write about the children, we can’t let them die.

Now back to the fundamental question is Aid good or bad?

Our view is here: http://booksundertheneemtree.com/2013/05/20/poor-economics-a-radical-rethinking-of-the-way-to-fight-poverty-by-esther-duglo-and-abhijit-barnejee/

This post was written by Ndéye séne Mbaye from Undertheneemtree

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