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Controversial author makes stop in Chapel Hill

Posted November 11, 2009
Updated November 12, 2009

— Dambisa Moyo, writer of “Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working And How There Is A Better Way For Africa,” gave a lecture Wednesday at The Friday Center in Chapel Hill.

The New York Times best-selling author writes in the book that government aid to Africa has done more harm than good.

Moyo, who is from Zambia, said the money has caused dependency, corruption and market distortion. She said Africa should try to stand on its own.

“We would love to see Africa, and African countries, and Africans as equal partners on the global stage,” Moyo said. “We don't want to live in a society where it is us and them, donor and recipient, and Africa continues to be viewed very much as a drag on the global economy.”

More than 700 people came to hear Moyo speak.  The lecture was part of a series sponsored by the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.


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  • Nov 12, 2009

    Agree! Media adds a "controversial" tag to headline when referring to a black woman with conservative ideals. What a joke!

    "Amazing how Truth that cuts across the Liberal idea that all should be dependent on the government for their wellbeing...is somehow "controversial"..."

  • wildcat Nov 12, 2009

    I would love to hear her before making any kind of judgement. I am sure she is good, but I would want to hear her for myself.

  • paddie Nov 12, 2009

    This woman is a breath of fresh air!

  • thefensk Nov 12, 2009

    atozca -- I always thought it was 'give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish he will sit all day in a boat drinking beer.'

  • alx Nov 12, 2009

    If we had a politician who spoke like this, i would vote for them.

  • oldrebel Nov 12, 2009

    Amazing how Truth that cuts across the Liberal idea that all should be dependent on the government for their wellbeing...is somehow "controversial"...

    The lady sounds like she has a sound mind and an intellect that the Liebrals hate. She has the ability to thik for herself. That alone sets her apart from the herd mentality.

  • Spooner Nov 12, 2009

    Sounds great to me. Cut off all aid to Africa and lets concentrate on the US for once. Our problems are getting worse and we dont have the economy to continue giving aid to any nation. We dont have the economy to continue giving out welfare either. Why not make everyone stand on their own?

  • Nov 12, 2009

    No, no, no! You've got it all wrong. You don't strive to become self-sufficient. You blame all your problems on others and wait for the handouts. After 200 years, then you can elect your own as a president and cash in on more aid. Just whatever happens, don't lose your victim status, or you can forget the handouts. Perhaps you should use the US as a model.

  • atozca Nov 12, 2009

    She has a good point.... teach a man to fish and he will eat for life, give a man a fish and he will have one meal. We have the same problem in the US with our welfare recipients.

  • oyid Nov 12, 2009

    Perhaps we could start in SE Raleigh or Chapel Hill. Maybe a Christian missionary?


    It is hopeless. It is like asking your kids to understand life and standards of living when YOU were their age. There's a disconnect in Africa and it has to do with (1st) Respect for one self and (2nd) Respect for the next person and (3rd) Respect for property.

    The basis of America is liberty and a sense of respect for persons and property...enforced by rule of law. It is the glue that keeps this country together and prosperous. This is what Africa needs...but good luck teaching them that.