Ms. Oda’s Resignation

Today is September 16, 2016. For some days now television news and business programs have been reporting that “Buono” is still trying to get old nation states to increase their foreign aid to newer developing nations. Today he’s been trying to reach Canada’s most recent prime minister to convince him that Canada should be increasing its aid to developing nations in this new global world. “Buono’s” efforts to target Canada and its latest prime minister brings to mind the opinions of  Ms. Moyo who I became aware of some years back , and wonder if anyone responsible for organizing foreign aid has ever seriously considered her critique of foreign aid to  Africa.

Anyone enamoured of Mr. Obama’s attention to Africa might heed the following:

Today, August 1, 2012. I read an article about Federal Minister Bev Oda retiring from her cabinet position after serving as a federal Conservative minister since 2007. Prime Minister Harper on accepting Oda’s resignation said that “Through Bev’s leadership, Canada has also met, ahead of schedule, its commitment to double aid to Africa. This is a record of which to be proud.”

This commitment to Africa that Mr Harper speaks of is worth analysing in light of the following description of African aid presented by in its summary of economist Dambisa Moyo’s book Dead Aid published more than 3 years ago.

Publication Date Mar 16 2009. In the past fifty years, more than $1 trillion in development-related aid has been transferred from rich countries to Africa. Has this assistance improved the lives of Africans? No. In fact, across the continent, the recipients of this aid are not better off as a result of it, but worse – much worse.

Ms. Moyo, herself born in Africa has also presented her topic “dead aid” in interviews on TVO on Nov 19 2010, and CBC, on May 26, 2009, yet neither Ms. Oda’s nor Mr. Harpers staff seemed at all influenced by Ms. Moyo’s thesis that in doubling aid to Africa, Canada could be harming Africa more than helping it.