Opinion & Commentary
In Africa, Aid "Alone" Won't Relieve Poverty and Underdevelopment
April 12, 2010
"There is a fashion that is half right in saying that aid is not the answer to Africa's plight. Where it is wrong is that aid especially focused on the killer diseases, like HIV/AIDS or malaria -- saves lives and has a real impact. Where it is right, is that aid alone won't relieve Africa's poverty and underdevelopment. But good governance, the rule of law and a climate that welcomes solid private-sector investment can and will," former British Prime Minister Tony Blair writes in a TIME opinion piece outlining the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative, which will be working with the government of Liberia "to improve the way government works and help build the capacity to secure the country's recovery."
"The Initiative is underpinned by two key principles central to achieving the vision of a stable, prosperous Africa taking its rightful place in the world: effective leadership and increased investment," Blair writes, adding, "Despite the strides in aid, there is still insufficient focus on these two issues in the development debate and in particular recognition of the importance of political leadership."
He concludes: "By supporting the new generation of pro-reform, pro-business leaders and harnessing the investment potential of the private sector, Africa will go from aid to trade, from ambition to action, and by doing so will bring millions of people out of poverty in the process" (4/19).
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