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The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good by [William Russell Easterly]
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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

No one who attacks the humanitarian aid establishment is going to win any popularity contests, but, neither, it seems, is that establishment winning any contests with the people it is supposed to be helping. Easterly, an NYU economics professor and a former research economist at the World Bank, brazenly contends that the West has failed, and continues to fail, to enact its ill-formed, utopian aid plans because, like the colonialists of old, it assumes it knows what is best for everyone. Existing aid strategies, Easterly argues, provide neither accountability nor feedback. Without accountability for failures, he says, broken economic systems are never fixed. And without feedback from the poor who need the aid, no one in charge really understands exactly what trouble spots need fixing. True victories against poverty, he demonstrates, are most often achieved through indigenous, ground-level planning. Except in its early chapters, where Easterly builds his strategic platform atop a tower of statistical analyses, the book's wry, cynical prose is highly accessible. Readers will come away with a clear sense of how orthodox methods of poverty reduction do not help, and can sometimes worsen, poor economies. (Mar. 20)
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"Easterly forcefully argues that an ambitious new round of Western aid programs will help the suffering poor only if those who manage them wake up from the ideological fantasy of global omniscience and begin the difficult search for piecemeal local approaches, rigorously monitoring the results of every project." ---Booklist Starred Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN : B000QJLQXU
  • Publisher : Penguin Books (March 16, 2006)
  • Publication date : March 16, 2006
  • Language : English
  • File size : 4087 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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  • Print length : 443 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 237 ratings

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