Stanley Knowles Humanitarian Service Lecture: "Innovating Away from Aid" - Dambisa Moyo

Friday, November 13, 2009 7:30 PM

About the lecture:

Dambisa Moyo contends that decades of state-to-state aid has made African governments unresponsive to the real needs of their citizens while propping up corrupt regimes and fuelling a culture of destructive aid dependency. 

In her lecture, she argues for more innovative ways for Africa to finance development including trade with China, accessing the capital markets, and microfinance to create jobs and the prosperity to which millions of Africans aspire.

Sponsored by CIGI, St. Paul’s University College (UW) and the Balsillie School of International Affairs

About Dambisa Moyo:

In 2009, TIME Magazine named Dambisa Moyo one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Based on her professional experience and a deep concern for her native Africa, Moyo has written Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is A Better Way for Africa, an indictment of the “development industry” for creating destructive aid dependency in Africa.

Moyo, 40, was born and raised in Zambia, Southern Africa. She completed a PhD in Economics at Oxford University and holds a Masters from Harvard University. She worked at Goldman Sachs for 8 years in the debt capital markets, hedge fund coverage and in global macroeconomics teams. Previously she worked at the World Bank in Washington, DC.

Moyo is a Patron for Absolute Return for Kids (ARK), a hedge fund supported children’s charity. She serves on the Boards of the Lundin for Africa Foundation and Room to Read, an educational charity.

Admission for this lecture is free - first come, first serve.