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Addicted to Aid?

Thomas Whitley

The BBC has a great article today about why many African countries have been receiving aid from Western countries for more than 40 years and yet have not risen from the sometimes proverbial and oft-times real ashes of their failures.

Most people would chock it all up to corruption, but Sorious Samura thinks otherwise.

Samura holds that many African countries have become dependent on foreign aid, comprising sometimes up to 10% of their GDP or half or half of their government spending. As long as this is the case, Samura says, these governments will continue to more focused on their donors than on their people.

You can read the article here.

After reading Samura’s article, what do you think? Is there a way to continue giving aid where it is needed without creating a crutch?