Category: Aid to Africa

Bono embraces capitalism

A rock star who preaches capitalism. “Wow; sometimes I hear myself and I just can’t believe it,” Bono told students at Georgetown University.

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Farewell, CIDA

(April 2, 2013) Now-abolished foreign aid pork barrel won’t be missed. Patricia Adams’ epitaph for CIDA.

Africa’s stolen medicine

(January 27, 2011) In Geneva on Wednesday, Stephen Harper predicted that the $40-billion United Nations initiative on maternal care will create a “wave of hope” across the developing world. No one doubts that hope is desperately needed. In Canada, a woman’s lifetime risk of dying in pregnancy or childbirth is one in 5,600. In Niger, it’s one in 16.

Moyo: international aid to Africa spurs corruption

(April 2, 2010) Billions of dollars in international financial aid do more harm than good on the African continent, economist and best-selling author Dambisa Moyo said in a lecture to students on Thursday. In the lecture, held in Filene Auditorium, Moyo argued that continued financial aid to African nations allows political leaders to ignore their responsibilities to the population in favor of appeals to potential donors.

Anti-rape funds in Congo wasted: critics

(March 14, 2010) Since 2006, Canada has poured $15-million in government money into a massive foreign campaign against the sexual violence in Congo. But Ms. Bihamba, who as leader of a women’s group spent lonely years speaking out against the problem, is now one of a growing number of skeptics who question whether this money is achieving its goals.