I stumbled across this book in the course of trying to find out the total amount of money that the West has spent on foreign aid to Haiti.
Since the 1950s, it turns out that the West has spent over $2.3 trillion dollars in foreign aid, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, on the Third World. In 2013 dollars, this is the equivalent of about 13 Marshall Plans.
This was before the 2010 Haitian earthquake after which more foreign aid poured into Haiti in four years than in the previous forty years combined. In 2014, Sub-Saharan Africa (minus South Africa) has a combined economy smaller than Belgium’s economy:
“Gordon Brown was silent about the other tragedy of the world’s poor. This is the tragedy in which the West spent $2.3 trillion on foreign aid over the last five decades and still had not managed to get twelve-cent medicines to children to prevent half of all malaria deaths. The West had spent $2.3 trillion and still had not managed to get four-dollar bed nets to poor families. The West spent $2.3 trillion and still had not managed to get three dollars to each new mother to prevent five million child deaths. The West spent $2.3 trillion, and Amaretch is still carrying firewood and not going to school. It’s a tragedy that so much well-meaning compassion did not bring these results for needy people.” (William Easterly, The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good, pp.3-4)
This is interesting:
“Today, Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and among the tenth poorest countries worldwide. Its population of 8 million produces $463 million in exports of goods and services. Exports per person were thirty-one times higher in 1789 than in 2002.”
The “legacy of slavery” in Haiti doesn’t include the work ethic or birth rate.
Here’s an image which shows sub-Saharan Africa’s dependence on foreign aid:
Note: No country in sub-Saharan Africa is more dependent on foreign aid than Liberia which declared its independence in 1847.