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Nor can she be dismissed as a renegade who has rejected her roots.

She is deeply wounded by the lack of development in Zambia, her home country. The first stage in her argument is that aid is easy money.

This section of the British media meets Moyo at the Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge, a suitably glam location, and yes a long way from her Zambian beginnings.

Time Magazine named her one of the “100 Most Influential People” in 2009.

If governments had to rely upon private financial markets they would become accountable to lenders, and if they had to rely upon taxation they would become accountable to voters.

Aid is like oil, enabling powerful elites to embezzle public revenues.

Here is an African woman, articulate, smart, glamorous, delivering a message of brazen political incorrectness: cut aid to Africa.

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According to her website ( dambisamoyo.com) Dambisa Moyo "is an international economist who comments on the macroeconomy and global affairs." This hardly does justice to either her current profile or the progress she has made from being a mere economist to her current status of iconoclast and on to the sunlit uplands of "public intellectual", rarer in the Anglo-Saxon world than in more thoughtful societies such as France or Japan.

A pre-eminent thinker influencing key decision-makers in strategic investment and public policy.

Her work focuses on macroeconomics, geopolitics, technology and millennial themes.

She catalogues evidence, both statistical and anecdotal.

But the core of her argument is that there is a better alternative.