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Old 10-12-2012, 12:25 PM
 
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For so long I've been hearing people complain that African countries aren't receiving enough foriegn aid to help develop their countries. Then I hear from others that foriegn aid has been counter-productive for African development because too many African governments have used the aid to buy arms,pay off people and stash the rest in overseas accounts.

So my question is are there any examples of African governments that have actually used foriegn aid effectively to develop their countries? If so,have these governments been able to continue to develop their countries without aid?
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:37 PM
 
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Here's an example of what can happen to African aid.



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Dr Hosea revealed that Africa as a continent has been losing billions of dollars through corruption annually. Citing the African Development Bank's (AfDB) recent report, Dr Hosea pointed out that "It is estimated that 50 per cent of tax revenue and 30 billion US dollars in aid for Africa ended up in graft-based dubious transactions."

allAfrica.com: Tanzania: Hoseah - Foreign Banks Fuel Graft
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:41 PM
 
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I doubt any of the "aid" has been used for what it was intended for. Instead it ends up in the hands of various strongmen who have no concern for their countries and that money is used against those it was intended for.

In a lot of ways, these countries would have been better off had there not been foreign money to steal and used to prop up regimes that had no right to exist. Many times do-goodism causes more problems then they solve. This is the case with most foreign aid (and that includes all countries that provide "aid", not just the US). There is that saying "The road to hell is paved in good intentions".
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:45 PM
 
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Email this to Bono.
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:06 PM
 
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An interview with Ugandan Andrew Mwenda. He makes an interesting point about how too many people wanting to help Africa are attracted to its poverty instead of its wealth.


Is Foreign Aid Harming Africa? : NPR
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:06 PM
 
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I've often heard that most foreign aid ends back up in westernized countries (Europe/US). A lot of it is used to line the pockets of people who don't really care about helping the countries over there.
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Old 10-15-2012, 02:22 AM
 
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American development aid comes with strings attached. We don't just give money to the govenment. We run programs for the benefit of the people in health, education, economic growth, etc. The money goes to NGOs and corporations, most of which are American. In fact 70% of us aid money goes back to the US through these NGOs and corporations.
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Old 10-15-2012, 04:41 AM
 
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While living in Uganda I could see what happened to a lot of aid money. In an expensive shopping mall in Kampala there were huge containers of cooking oil and other goods labeled US Aid for sale on the shelves.

The EU gave a huge amount of money to Uganda to fix their roads. The roads were done with less material than required and the rest of the money went into people's pockets. The roads did not last long and were full of potholes quite quickly.

Save the Children and other types of organizations spend a lot of their money on very expensive vehicles and the workers all frequented expensive restaurants and stayed in the nicer hotels.

Corruption is accepted as a part of life and the locals say there's no point in complaining about as it will never change. Many Ugandans we knew never took a driving test or learned the rules of the road. They paid a bribe to get their licences. Universities take bribes to let students into the most desirable programmes. We knew people who got tired of rewriting their thesis to get a Master's and finally stuck some cash in with the latest rewrite. They got their degrees.

Until corruption is made unacceptable by everyone, Africa will not make progress.
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:53 AM
 
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"Development" can be a difficult word to define in human terms. John Kenneth Galbraith and Rene Dumont have both argued persuasively that when African countries do spend funds on civilian development, the development tends to be restricted to certain channels which concentrate the wealth among the already wealthy. For example, scholarship money was used to send bright young men to European universities to study Law, not Agriculture. Infrastructure development was used to build airport terminals and tarmac roads from the ministries to the airports, while roads within the country remained impassable through the whole rainy season.

"Corruption" is not necessarily a bad thing. As one Chinese sage put it many centuries ago, "The best form of government is the most corrupt -- the taxman comes around once a year, and the rest of the time, they leave us alone."
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:44 AM
 
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"Development" can be a difficult word to define in human terms. John Kenneth Galbraith and Rene Dumont have both argued persuasively that when African countries do spend funds on civilian development, the development tends to be restricted to certain channels which concentrate the wealth among the already wealthy. For example, scholarship money was used to send bright young men to European universities to study Law, not Agriculture. Infrastructure development was used to build airport terminals and tarmac roads from the ministries to the airports, while roads within the country remained impassable through the whole rainy season.

"Corruption" is not necessarily a bad thing. As one Chinese sage put it many centuries ago, "The best form of government is the most corrupt -- the taxman comes around once a year, and the rest of the time, they leave us alone."
If corruption was only about taxes it wouldn't be such a big deal. But corruption also means buses that were not roadworthy and drivers who were not licensed, driving on potholed roads = many, many lives lost in bus crashes.

And that's only one example.
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