Aid for Elites: Building Partner Nations and Ending Poverty Through Human Capital

Aid for Elites Building Partner Nations and Ending Poverty Through Human Capital Current foreign aid programs are failing because they are based upon flawed assumptions about how countries develop They attempt to achieve development without first achieving good governance and secu

  • Title: Aid for Elites: Building Partner Nations and Ending Poverty Through Human Capital
  • Author: Mark Moyar
  • ISBN: 9781107125483
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Current foreign aid programs are failing because they are based upon flawed assumptions about how countries develop They attempt to achieve development without first achieving good governance and security, which are essential prerequisites for sustainable development In focusing on the poorer members of society, they neglect the elites upon whose leadership the quality oCurrent foreign aid programs are failing because they are based upon flawed assumptions about how countries develop They attempt to achieve development without first achieving good governance and security, which are essential prerequisites for sustainable development In focusing on the poorer members of society, they neglect the elites upon whose leadership the quality of governance and security depends By downplaying the relevance of cultural factors to development, they avoid altering cultural characteristics that account for most of the weaknesses of elites in poor nations Drawing on a wealth of examples from around the world, the author shows that foreign aid can be made much effective by focusing it on human capital development Training, education, and other forms of assistance can confer both skills and cultural attributes on current and future leaders, especially those responsible for security and governance.

    One thought on “Aid for Elites: Building Partner Nations and Ending Poverty Through Human Capital”

    1. An excellent work that challenges and complicates the current practices of international development. Moyar questions assumptions, examines results, and pushes for a new path forward. However, this is not a polemic and can be absorbed right along side more mainstream theories of development. My takeaway is that "elites" are neglected in development because they are assumed to be advantaged to begin with. Higher education is neglected because it is hard to justify college for a few, when most are [...]

    2. I enjoyed the book overall. I have to go back and read some of the points that I highlighted, but there aren't a lot of specific prescriptions provided. The main point of the book is that assistance should primarily focus on governance and security first, but there are a number of times he mentions economic growth as being necessary for increased living standards as well. The book could have used some additional context - something like what was provide in Seth Kaplan's "Fixing Fragile States"

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