Why Good Governance Matters More in Africa Than Aid

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

By Franklin Cudjoe, The Foundry, Heritage Foundation

Franklin CudjoeAfrican leaders “ask why can’t the rich Western countries provide $70 billion annually to meet the MDGs?. It’s only a fraction of their annual GDP. They can easily spare it, but it would mean so much in the developing world.” Western aid advocates do their part by painting gory pictures of famine and disease in Africa to justify the demand. Yet, some way, somehow, African leaders have been able to squeeze close to $150 billion per year from their poor, developing countries to enrich themselves.

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