The real truth be­hind Big Aid

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, – The myth un­der­pin­ning Big Aid – that the tril­lions sent by the West to de­vel­op­ing African na­tions has re­duced poverty and in­creased growth – has been de­bunked in re­cent years by African economists like Dam­bisa

Moyo (Dead Aid).

Con­trast­ing African coun­tries that re­jected the aid route and others that be­came aid-junkies, they showed that the for­mer pros­pered while the lat­ter were trapped in a vi­cious cir­cle of cor­rup­tion, mar­ket dis­tor­tion and en­demic poverty.

Now an­other myth, that of sim­ple vol­un­teers do­ing good, has also been ex­posed. The orig­i­nal char­i­ties are now huge, ma­nip­u­la­tive NGOS worth over $1 tril­lion a year, with po­lit­i­cal­ly­cor­rect, anti-cap­i­tal­ist, green-ex­trem­ist agen­das.

Too of­ten on the ground it’s the priv­i­leged scions of the bour­geoisie who swan around in 4x4s en­joy­ing a kind of gen­teel “out­door re­lief”, and it’s their gross sense of en­ti­tle­ment which un­der­lies the sex­ual abuse of teenage “na­tives”.

Rev Dr John Cameron. 10 Howard Place, St An­drews.

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