Here are the questions so far. Respond and add your own questions by leaving a comment below.
1. What is your biggest takeaway from The White Man’s Burden that will help you in your global development career?
2. Despite the evidence that aid does not raise growth, many organizations protest when domestic governments cut foreign aid (Oxfam comes to mind). Why is this?
3. There is a strong emphasis in this book on the scientific method. How can we make sure the results we rely on for policy and development programs are correct?
4. Among other things, Sachs and Easterly differ on their approach to giving social services. The End of Poverty suggests using money from donors to cover costs, while Easterly argues that charging for services makes development programs more efficient. What have you found works in your own experience and research?
5. Easterly suggests using a market approach to give beneficiaries of services a way to hold service providers accountable. If they don’t like the service, they can speak up or stop using it to send a message to the provider. Is there a way to give beneficiaries of aid a way to hold donors and NGO’s accountable?
6. From Fi at Women in Aid: Is it just a MAN’s burden? Are things different for women working in this sector?
7. Rate this book from 1 (how did this get published?) to 5 (highly recommend).