Everyone here is missing the point completely
it's not just that it gets intercepted by the corrupts in Africa.
The government itself gets dependent on the help they will receive when they make a mistake. James Shikwati, who heads the Inter Region Economic Network, a Kenyan NGO, says drought aid to his country in the 1990s "killed production" in many areas and increased dependency. Aid can also encourage misguided policies. Mr Shikwati says this has been the case in Ethiopia, where farmers are not allowed to own land. Instead of introducing reforms, he notes, the government appeals for aid. When donors respond, Mr Shikwati says, "they are subsidising a government policy that makes it difficult for people to be productive". It's from BBC news
and it's correct
it is making people suffer more from the temporary help they are going to receive.
Now Africans have grown to depend on foreign aid rather than doing things for themselves. The help that we get has made us very dependent, thus we are lazy to do anything for ourselves. Further more, foreign aid has been a path used for exploitation of our minerals. All the countries that help know that they will benefit from that.
The most effective kind of aid is when nonprofit organizations and volunteers go to Africa and help people set up more effective communities, provide education, and "teach a man to fish" rather than just giving a handout. One of the problems with Africa is that much of the aid given is provided directly to governments rather than people, and since the leaders are rich and corrupt, the help never makes it to those in need.
Aid to Africa only does more harm than good if despotic leaders get a hold of it. Eventually, foreign investors will have to make Africa the next China as labor costs rise in Asia. Africa is the last next huge labor pool over the next 20 years, so aid to Africa by charitable organizations won't be such a big deal.
I don't believe that aid is doing more harm than good in africa, but only if it is changed. AFrica needs a lot of help, but the flawed way that the other countries are doing it will not do a thing. THings need to change and that should be something we can all agree on.
No, I don't believe that foreign aid is doing more harm than good in Africa. Foreign aid has always been a politically-charged issue, because of the fact that countries like the U.S. are sending foreign aid to places like Africa which don't give us anything in return as far as trading or support goes. However, when looking at Africa and the countries receiving aid, the detractors who are against aid say that the majority of aid being sent to these countries are being intercepted by the corrupt leaders of the country, when most of the time these claims are flat out false.
Aid to Africa isn't doing more harm than good. People's lives are being saved while at the same time citizens are becoming educated in modern concepts of math, science and medicine. There are corrupt regimes who will take the aid and use it for their own gains. But not everyone is like that.
While it's true that not all relief organizations are created equal, aid to Africa does save lives. It is impossible to put a value on those lives. There may be more effective ways of handling the aid to Africa and better ways of making sure that it is not abused, but until those ways are implemented, we must continue to believe that caring is better than not caring.