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Why Aid is Not Working and How There Is Another Way for Africa

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LSE African Initiative public lecture

Date: Tuesday 26 January 2010
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue:  Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Dambisa Moyo
Chair: Professor Thandika Mkandawire

Over the past 50 years $1 trillion of aid has flowed from Western governments to Africa. Dambisa Moyo reveals why millions are actually poorer because of aid, unable to escape corruption and reduced, in the West's eyes, to a childlike state of beggary. In this lecture she discusses an alternative approach.

Dambisa Moyo worked at Goldman Sachs for eight years, having previously worked for the World Bank as a consultant. Her latest book is Why Aid is Not Working and How There is Another Way for Africa.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, email events@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 6043.

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LSE African Initiative

The LSE African Initiative will engage with African institutions and talent to develop connections, encourage accessibility and promote knowledge exchange. This long term collaboration will inspire and support generations of African students and scholars, equipping them to play a part in reframing the discourse and enabling African voices and perspectives to participate in effecting positive change both within the African continent and globally. It is a partnership based in equality and mutual respect.

The initiative's foundation seeks to confront the barriers and inequality that exist for African students and scholars, in terms of both access to educational opportunities outside of the African continent, and exchange and partnerships between African institutions and those elsewhere. It recognises a deeply held belief that the School is uniquely placed to support African peers in creating successive generations of academics, business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians, lawyers and social workers who know how to facilitate positive change.

Professor Thandika Mkandawire is the first holder of LSE's first chair in African Development. This new chair has been possible due to the support of the LSE Annual Fund.

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