Initial Commentary on “Aid for Elites”

“Mark Moyar’s brilliantly argued and thoroughly researched new book is a fine contribution to the debate over more effective development theory and practice. He writes as a pro-aid conservative unfettered by the heavy ideological baggage of the egalitarian left which has for too long dominated (and distorted) the debate on aid reform. Aid for Elites should be added to the reading list of all development professionals.”
Andrew S. Natsios, George H. W. Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A & M University

“Mark Moyar has written a compelling critique of the prevailing practices and underlying logic of the development community and its approach to foreign aid. He draws upon an impressive intellectual lineage in his broader arguments about the importance of culture and civilization. He is especially critical of the Annales School of Braudel and its adherents. In doing so, Moyar argues that the predominant emphasis on development itself, including policies and infrastructure, is largely misplaced and that the building of human capital, including training of elites, effective governance, and the provision of a stable security environment, constitutes an essential sine qua non for progress in the developing world.”
Robert J. Lieber, Georgetown University

Speeches and Events:


April 15, 2016 –┬áConsensus For Development Reform

April 16, 2016 – Annapolis Book Festival

April 19, 2016 – Hillsdale National Leadership Seminar, New York

August 16, 2016 – FPI Leadership Network, Pentagon City

August 30, 2016 – International Security Cooperation Summit, Tampa

September 21, 2016 – University of Virginia


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