Monday, 13 July 2009

Easterly on Obama

Over at the Aid Watch blog William Easterly grades Obama’s Africa speech in Ghana on Saturday, July 11 relative to findings from the academic literature on aid & Africa. This academic literature is represented by a Journal of Economic Literature survey article by Easterly called “Can the West Save Africa?”

Obama gets two A+s, one A, one B, one C, one D and an F.

Easterly comments,
The speech seems written by different people with different views, [take a look at Easterly's grades] which I’m sure it was. Let's hope the other advocates lose out to this closing inspiration of Bottom Up efforts of creative, free individuals -- contradicting the Top Down ideas like military intervention or expert fixes for corruption or agriculture -- hopefully the view closest to Obama’s personal vision.

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