Is Developmental Aid Stifling Africa’s Growth?

Thilo Thielke makes a bold statement in this recent piece from Spiegel Online: "No one has to starve in Africa. Hunger there results from the failures of unscrupulous rulers — and their friends in the West. Paradoxically, it is the aid workers who are standing in the way of progress." Obviously, I wouldn’t have started Appfrica if I didn’t believe in the power of personal perseverance, free market competition and entrepreneurship. These things are hard to nurture in an environment where everything is handed to you before you ask. Thilo goes on to make a strong case against Aid programs and what he perceives to be the end result... [More]

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