Africa Doesn't Matter: How the West Has Failed the Poorest Continent and What We Can Do About It

Africa Doesn't Matter: How the West Has Failed the Poorest Continent and What We Can Do About It

by Giles Bolton

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Africa Doesn't Matter: How the West Has Failed the Poorest Continent and What We Can Do About It by Giles Bolton

What happens to the billions of aid dollars given yearly? Why do trade rules that fail African countries also cost us at the checkout line? Why don’t the African people matter? In this engaging, jargon-free, reader-friendly guide, longtime aid worker and diplomat Giles Bolton offers his radical analysis of the problems Africa faces, drawing on years of first-hand experience on the ground. Bolton illustrates how the needs of African states exceed their budgets, leaving a gap for aid to fill; how the way Western aid is delivered renders it largely ineffective; and how trade rules and globalization have worked against African development.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611453065
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Publication date: 02/01/2012
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 1,309,844
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Giles Bolton has worked in Africa and development for more than ten years as an aid worker and diplomat, with postings in Kenya and Rwanda. He now advises African governments on their relationships with the West. He lives in London, England.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

POVERTY: Impossible Choices

1 A Life Quite Ordinary 17

2 Africa Scrambled 31

3 President for a Day 51

AID: Good Intentions

4 Where Does Your Money Go? 73

5 Pass the Hat-Charity Ad 81

6 Budget or Fudge It-National Aid 97

Interlude: Gamblers Required 119

7 Airily Conditioned-International Aid 127

8 Aid Betrayed 145

TRADE: Dusty Plains and Unlevel Playing Fields

9 In Theory 165

10 Out of Africa 173

11 Into Africa 192

12 It Doesn't Work for You Either 211

GLOBALIZATION: Might and Right

13 Africa Doesn't Matter 235

14 Screw You, Too 255

CHANGE: Action Heroes

15 What Happens Next? 275

16 Powerless or Complacent? 288

17 Profit in Virtue 306

18 Guilt or Glory 323

Acknowledgments 333

Appendix 1 National Ad Donors 337

Appendix 2 United Nations Agencies in Africa 339

Notes 341

Bibliography 349

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