William Easterly is often considered the main proponent against aid, so it’s interesting to hear this coming from his latest paper:

“There are well known and striking donor success stories, like the elimination of smallpox, the near-eradication of river blindness and Guinea worm, the spread of oral rehydration therapy for treating infant diarrheal diseases, DDT campaigns against malarial mosquitoes (although later halted for environmental reasons), and the success of WHO vaccination programs against measles and other childhood diseases.”

The bottom line is aid has some successes, so it’s important to get it right to make sure there are more of them. HT