The Road to Hell

The Road to Hell

The Ravaging Effects of Foreign Aid and International Charity

Book - 1997
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Baker & Taylor
A former aid worker explains how misguided foreign aid, charity, development assistance, and food relief have propagated a culture of destructive dependency that damages the local economy and promotes corruption. 35,000 first printing. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
Michael Maren has spent much of the last twenty years in Africa, first as an aid worker, later as a journalist. He witnessed at close range a harrowing series of wars, famines, and natural disasters. In The Road to Hell he tells how CARE unwittingly assisted a Somali dictator in building a political and economic powerbase. How the UN, Save the Children, and many other nongovernmental organizations provided raw materials for ethnic factions who subsequently threatened genocidal massacres in Rwanda and Burundi. He brings firsthand reports of African farmers, Western aid workers, and corrupt politicians from many countries, joined together in a vicious circle of self-interest. Above all, he heralds an important truth: humanitarian intervention and foreign aid activity is necessarily political. It gets hijacked by powerful charities and agricultural interests. It is cynically manipulated by local strongmen to control rebellious populations. And it is the last refuge of Western colonialism.
We all want to end the suffering. But our desire to alleviate suffering often stands in the way of the truth. If you think your charitable giving is making the Third World a better place, think again.

& Taylor

Argues that corrupt politicians use humanitarian aid to control the people it was intended to help

Publisher: New York : Free Press, c1997
ISBN: 9780684828008
Branch Call Number: 338.91 MAR
Characteristics: 302 p. : 24 cm


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May 05, 2012

First person accounts on the terrible cost of foreign aid. Though most in the West feel we should fund rescue and refugee missions this book ( along with others) shows our paternalistic approach to aid in fact hurts more people then it helps. Those it helps are the political elites in the aid receiving country and those who run the programs. Those who give to assuage their guilt should in fact feel very guilty for donating. An eye opener that should make you feel very angry.


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