The Trouble with Africa

Shows that Africa has steadily lost markets by its own mismanagement; that corrupt, dictatorial regimes have hobbled agriculture, enterprise and foreign investment; that African family values and fatalism are more destructive than tribalism; and, that African leaders prey intentionally on Western guilt.

Review:

'A timely, intriguing and provocative book. The author's love of the continent shines through every line, yet his bold suggestions will raise eyebrows and provoke debate.' Baroness Lynda Chalker, former UK Secretary of State for Overseas Development 'boisterous, entertaining and highly accessible. Calderisi challenges the shibboleths of the aid industry with courage, compassion and humour. A timely and bracing read.' Michela Wrong, Author of In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz 'a blast of fresh air over a continent that has for decades been suffocating under a blanket of well-meant concern, ineffectual at best, and harmful at worst' Michael Holman, former Africa editor, Financial Times

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Shows that Africa has steadily lost markets by its own mismanagement; that corrupt, dictatorial regimes have hobbled agriculture, enterprise and foreign investment; that African family values and fatalism are more destructive than tribalism; and, that African leaders prey intentionally on Western guilt.

Review:

'A timely, intriguing and provocative book. The author's love of the continent shines through every line, yet his bold suggestions will raise eyebrows and provoke debate.' Baroness Lynda Chalker, former UK Secretary of State for Overseas Development 'boisterous, entertaining and highly accessible. Calderisi challenges the shibboleths of the aid industry with courage, compassion and humour. A timely and bracing read.' Michela Wrong, Author of In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz 'a blast of fresh air over a continent that has for decades been suffocating under a blanket of well-meant concern, ineffectual at best, and harmful at worst' Michael Holman, former Africa editor, Financial Times

Long description

Calderisi shows that Africa has steadily lost markets by its own mismanagement; that corrupt, dictatorial regimes have hobbled agriculture, enterprise and foreign investment; that African family values and fatalism are more destructive than tribalism; and that African leaders prey intentionally on Western guilt. Calderisi exposes the shortcomings and indulgences of foreign aid and debt relief, and proposes his own radical solutions. Drawing on many years of first hand experience, The Trouble with Africa highlights issues which have been ignored by Africa's leaders but have long worried ordinary Africans, diplomats, academics, business leaders, aid workers, volunteers and missionaries. It ripples with stories which only someone who has talked directly to African farmers - and heads of state - could recount.

Product details

Subtitle:
Why Foreign Aid Isn't Working
Format:
Paperback
Imprint:
YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Publisher:
YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN:
9780300125122
Audience:
Academic
Pages:
224
Width (mm):
156
Length (mm):
234
Additional Info:
Robert Calderisi studied at the Universities of Montreal, Oxford, Sussex and London. He has had a thirty-year career in international development, principally at the World Bank, where between 1997 and 2000 he was the Bank's international spokesperson on Africa.

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