The Trouble with Aid
Why Less Could Mean More for Africa

Africa is poor. If we send it money it will be less poor. It seems perfectly logical, doesn’t it? Millions of people in the rich world, moved by images on television and appalled by the miserable conditions endured by so many in other countries, have joined campaigns to persuade their governments to double aid to Africa and help put an end to such shameful inequality.

It seems simple. But it isn’t. In this book, Jonathan Glennie argues that, along with its many benefits, government aid to Africa has often meant more poverty, more hungry people, worse basic services, and damage to already precarious democratic institutions. Moreover, calls for more aid are drowning out pressure for action that would really make a difference for Africa’s poor. Rather than doubling aid to Africa, it is time to reduce aid dependency. Through an honest assessment of both the positive and negative consequences of aid, this book will show you why.

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“This is a really fantastic book and one of the most accessible and well argued books on aid available.”

Alex de Waal, Program Director, Social Science Research Council

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