Aid to Africa is Doing More Harm Than Good

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Aid to Africa

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

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  • George Ayittey

    For

    George Ayittey

    Prominent Ghanaian Economist and President of the Free Africa Foundation in Washington, DC

  • William Easterly

    For

    William Easterly

    Professor of Economics at New York University, Joint with Africa House, and Co-Director of NYU’s Development Research Institute

  • David Rieff

    For

    David Rieff

    Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute at The New School and a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University

  • C. Payne Lucas

    Against

    C. Payne Lucas

    Writer, Speaker and Activist

  • John McArthur

    Against

    John McArthur

    Deputy Director of the UN Millennium Project

  • Gayle Smith

    Against

    Gayle Smith

    Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and Director of the International Rights and Responsibilities Program and Energy Opportunity Program

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George Ayittey

For The Motion

George Ayittey

Prominent Ghanaian Economist and President of the Free Africa Foundation in Washington, DC

George is the distinguished economist in residence at American University. He has written many articles and papers, and contributed chapters to many books. His most recent book was Africa Unchained: The Blueprint for Development (2005).

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William Easterly

For The Motion

William Easterly

Professor of Economics at New York University, Joint with Africa House, and Co-Director of NYU’s Development Research Institute

William is also a non-resident fellow of the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC. His areas of expertise are the determinants of long-run economic growth and the effectiveness of foreign aid. He has worked in the developing world, most heavily in Africa, Latin America, and Russia. He is the author of The White Man’s Burden: How the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good (2006).

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David Rieff

For The Motion

David Rieff

Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute at The New School and a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University

David is on the board of the Central Eurasia Project of the Open Society Institute. He has written seven books, most recently At the Point of a Gun: Democratic Dreams and Armed Intervention (2005), and has published numerous articles.

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C. Payne Lucas

Against The Motion

C. Payne Lucas

Writer, Speaker and Activist

Lucas was co-founder and president of Africare from 1971 through mid-2002. He is a senior advisor to AllAfrica Global Media and the AllAfrica Foundation. During a 40-year career, including 10 years at the Peace Corps, Lucas has been recognized for outstanding work by successive American presidents and heads of state throughout Africa. He received the 1984 U.S. Presidential End Hunger Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement.

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John McArthur

Against The Motion

John McArthur

Deputy Director of the UN Millennium Project

John serves concurrently as associate director at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Previously, he was a research fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University, where his research focused on the links between institutions, health, geography and economic development.

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Gayle Smith

Against The Motion

Gayle Smith

Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and Director of the International Rights and Responsibilities Program and Energy Opportunity Program

Gayle served as special assistant to the president and senior director for African Affairs at the National Security Council from 1998-2001, and as senior advisor to the administrator and chief of staff of the U.S. Agency for International Development from 1994-1998. Smith was based in Africa for over 20 years as a journalist.

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Declared Winner: Against The Motion

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  • Comment Link Nick Bousquet Wednesday, 20 November 2013 18:31 posted by Nick Bousquet

    I understand that the "against" side ended the debate with a majority in their favor, but it has been my impression that the intent is to see which side sways more voters. If that stands as true, then each side would have swayed 17% to their end which would equate to a tie. Perhaps the majority hold was the tie breaker?

  • Comment Link Deji OLUYADI Monday, 26 August 2013 09:59 posted by Deji OLUYADI

    Quite interesting, Africans and African must be empowered to put forward marshal plans that we Guaranty not limited to, but at least the followings:
    1. Independent and incorruptible Judicial systems
    2. Independent Central Bank
    3. Independent free media
    4, Fight corruption head long
    5. Ensure competent and dedicated Government are supported
    The current Aids systems support the foreign donors and increase the powers of corrupt and incompetent leaders.

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