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Panelists: 'Is Aid to Africa Doing More Harm?'

Read about the panelists debating the proposition "Aid to Africa Is Doing More Harm Than Good" in the latest in the Intelligence Squared U.S. series.


George Ayittey

George Ayittey is a prominent Ghanaian economist and president of the Free Africa Foundation in Washington, D.C. He is the distinguished economist in residence at American University. He has written many articles and papers and has contributed chapters to many books. His most recent book was Africa Unchained.

William Easterly

William Easterly is a professor of economics at New York University, jointly with Africa House, and co-director of NYU's Development Research Institute. He also is nonresident fellow of the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C. His areas of expertise are the determinants of long-run economic growth and the effectiveness of foreign aid.

David Rieff

David Rieff is a writer and policy analyst. He is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute at The New School and a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University. He is on the board of the Central Eurasia Project of the Open Society Institute. He has written seven books.


C. Payne Lucas

C. Payne Lucas, a writer, speaker and activist, was co-founder and president of Africare from 1971 through mid-2002. He is a senior adviser to AllAfrica Global Media and the AllAfrica Foundation. During a 40-year career, including 10 years at the Peace Corps, Lucas has been recognized for outstanding work by American presidents and heads of state throughout Africa.

John McArthur

John McArthur is associate director of the Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute at Columbia University and senior macroeconomics adviser in the United Nations Development Program's Africa Bureau. He is the former deputy director of the U.N. Millennium Project.

Gayle Smith

Gayle Smith is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and director of the International Rights and Responsibilities Program and Energy Opportunity Program. She served as special assistant to the president and senior director for African affairs at the National Security Council from 1998 to 2001.


Brian Lehrer

Brian Lehrer is the host of the highly acclaimed Brian Lehrer Show, heard weekday mornings on WNYC. He also is an award-winning writer and documentary producer. Lehrer holds masters' degrees in journalism and public health/environmental sciences.