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Aid for Elites
Building Partner Nations and Ending Poverty through Human Capital

  • Date Published: April 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107125483

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  • Current foreign aid programs are failing because they are based upon flawed assumptions about how countries develop. They attempt to achieve development without first achieving good governance and security, which are essential prerequisites for sustainable development. In focusing on the poorer members of society, they neglect the elites upon whose leadership the quality of governance and security depends. By downplaying the relevance of cultural factors to development, they avoid altering cultural characteristics that account for most of the weaknesses of elites in poor nations. Drawing on a wealth of examples from around the world, the author shows that foreign aid can be made much more effective by focusing it on human capital development. Training, education, and other forms of assistance can confer both skills and cultural attributes on current and future leaders, especially those responsible for security and governance.

    • Demonstrates why existing aid programs have been ineffective
    • Shows why the problems of the third world matter to the first world
    • Provides provocative alternatives to donors and decision makers
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    '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

    '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

    'In Aid for Elites Mark Moyar makes a brilliantly argued and compelling case for reviving efforts to invest in human capital as a cornerstone in the development of nations. He analyzes how human capital is the make or break - and often ignored - component in establishing and maintaining functioning institutions. He explains the missteps and faulty logic that saw the US foreign and development policy establishment ditch their large scale programs investing in people in the 1950s and 60s - in favor of an overemphasis on primary education and over reliance on expensive, foreign technical assistance. Re-establishing initiatives in training and education - with necessary adaptations - could present a far cheaper and more effective way than the current set of practices to promote security, rule of law and development. Policy makers and students of security and development alike would be wise to give this book and its recommendations serious attention.' Clare Lockhart, Institute for State Effectiveness, Washington, DC

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    • Date Published: April 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107125483
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Pathways to development
    2. How governments work
    3. Civilization
    4. Human capital development
    5. Human capital and national security
    6. Training
    7. Militarization
    8. Education in the third world
    9. Education in the United States
    10. Support
    11. Measurement
    12. Conclusion: a new foreign assistance strategy.

  • Author

    Mark Moyar
    Mark Moyar is the author of numerous books and articles on national security and capacity building, including Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954–1965 and A Question of Command: Counterinsurgency from the Civil War to Iraq. He has been a professor at the US Marine Corps University, where he held the Kim T. Adamson Chair of Insurgency and Terrorism, and, most recently, at the Joint Special Operations University. A frequent visitor to foreign conflict zones, he has served as a consultant to the senior leadership of several US military commands.

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