How do we get the 150 billion dollars spent annually on development aid to rescue the 1.4 billion people wallowing in poverty around the world? A book that is critical of foreign aid to Africa and yet proposes new daring solutions to improving development aid effectiveness, Murdering Poverty goes beyond the faults to find innovative ideas for aid’s renaissance.
Giving aid is sexy as an idea. Who has time to bother whether aid is achieving sufficient ‘sexy’ returns? How do we fix aid? It is not sufficient to criticize the ‘third sector’. The book restores hope with ideas to overhaul the failure. And oh – Murdering Poverty ditches ‘development aid’ as a misnomer in favor of what it actually is ‘global aid’.
It is not enough to run a scream and scare campaign against development aid. More is needed: ideas to really make aid work. This is the premise of Murdering Poverty. The book challenges some of the theories and solutions on which aid has been founded and delivered up till now. The ideas address accessibility, transparency, sustainability, equity and effectiveness of development aid. You can be forgiven for thinking that with all the aid that has gone into Africa countries and other underdeveloped parts of the world for over 40 years now, significant progress should have been made. That has not been the case. Why does development aid fail?
After picking out the 24 sins of aid, Murdering Poverty advances innovative solutions to addressing the issues in this 150 billion dollar industry. A new governance structure, new lease of life for recipient country civil society, community audits, liposuction therapy and identity surgery for mammoth multilateral aid agencies like the World Bank and the United Nations, a mechanism to manage the ‘international public goods’ which medical expertise has become or leveraging technology to administer all aid directly to beneficiaries. And then there is the big one: the Churchill-Fleming aid model – the rejection of all current aid in exchange for lifetime aid. Here is a brave appeal to development policy makers, aid agencies, charities, governments, think tanks, the frustrated aid recipient and the wondering donor. A book with ideas to start trying.