The IMF and Ebola

The IMF is frequently the target of critics who accuse its reform, rationalisation and liberalisation policies of holding back the developing world. The recent Lancet paper on how its demands for cuts to public spending and for decentralised healthcare were hindering the Ebola response in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea is typical.

Chris Blattman, assistant professor of political science and international and public affairs at Columbia University, has another view…

We so easily default to a Western-centric view, where it’s our aid or financial policies that are responsible for the success or failure of poor countries. It’s egoistic and exaggerated, and ignores domestic politics.

It’s well worth reading the whole thing on The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog.


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