The White Mans Burden: Why the Wests Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good by William EasterlyFrom one of the worlds best-known development economists--an excoriating attack on the tragic hubris of the Wests efforts to improve the lot of the so-called developing worldIn his previous book, The Elusive Quest for Growth, William Easterly criticized the utter ineffectiveness of Western organizations to mitigate global poverty, and he was promptly fired by his then-employer, the World Bank. The White Mans Burden is his widely anticipated counterpunch--a brilliant and blistering indictment of the Wests economic policies for the worlds poor. Sometimes angry, sometimes irreverent, but always clear-eyed and rigorous, Easterly argues that we in the West need to face our own history of ineptitude and draw the proper conclusions, especially at a time when the question of our ability to transplant Western institutions has become one of the most pressing issues we face.
Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest. By William Easterly. The Penguin Press. A million of those taken ill die, mostly infants and young children. Of the deaths, which amount to a child every 30 seconds, more than 80 percent occur in the poor countries of Africa.
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Not only does no magic formula exist to help poorer countries raise their living standards, but substantial evidence indicates that many most? Why do World Bank billions, U. Because most of the goals are utopian, they not only fail, but they divert resources from activities that might actually do some good. Top-down goal setting and the planning mentality effectively shut out information about what is really needed on the ground and any useful feedback about why projects fail or, in rare circumstances, succeed. Compounding these inherent weaknesses of Rich largesse for the Rest, most of the poor countries have bad governments, wherein aid money is siphoned off to Swiss bank accounts, and corrupt officials sabotage the workings of rudimentary markets, increasing the cost of doing business and discouraging private investment. A excellent example Easterly gives is the distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets in Malawi for protection against malaria.
William Easterly's Burden is an exercise in frustration. It frustrates because its main message is that contemporary international efforts to alleviate global poverty and encourage development through financial aid are futile. Moreover, it is at times a frustrating read because this otherwise straightforward and legitimate though by no means uncontroversial argument is needlessly complicated by a set of uncharacteristically unsophisticated political and historical contextual claims that add neither substance nor credence to the central argument; and by intellectual chips that Easterly formerly a senior research economist at the World Bank and currently a professor of economics at New York University and a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development seems to carry on his shoulder. Most users should sign in with their email address. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.
The solution, he said, is independent evaluation. Senior Fellow Ruth Levine, who chaired the event, is co-chair of the CGD Evaluation Gap working group that recently put forward a draft proposal for a new independent evaluation organization focused on social sector interventions, such as health and education. Levine and Easterly testified Tuesday at U. Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on improving the effectiveness of the multilateral development banks. Presenting the main arguments of his book at the packed CGD event, Easterly contrasted two approaches.