Aiding Africa

August 29, 2003 • Volume 13, Issue 29
Is more foreign assistance the answer?
By David Masci

Introduction

President Bush greets an HIV-positive mother in Nigeria during his five-day July visit to Africa. Many say Bush's trip signaled new U.S. interest in Africa.  (AFP Photo/Tim Sloan)
President Bush greets an HIV-positive mother in Nigeria during his five-day July visit to Africa. Many say Bush's trip signaled new U.S. interest in Africa. (AFP Photo/Tim Sloan)

Liberia's descent into chaos is the latest chapter in the tragic history of sub-Saharan Africa. For decades, the world's poorest region has been battered by famine, AIDS and horrific civil wars that have killed or maimed tens of millions of people. Some Africa-watchers now contend that the continent's prospects are looking up, and that with increased Western financial help Africa will become more democratic and prosperous in the coming decades. But other experts say that even recent positive steps, like the shift toward democracy in the 1990s, have stalled. Moreover, they warn that sending foreign aid to Africa is a waste of money. Meanwhile, the deployment of U.S. troops in war-torn Liberia has sparked debate over whether America should intervene in nations of questionable strategic importance.

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Sep. 09, 2005  Ending Poverty
Aug. 27, 2004  Stopping Genocide
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Nov. 08, 2002  Famine in Africa
Mar. 24, 1995  Democracy in Africa
Jan. 14, 1994  South Africa's Future
Mar. 23, 1990  U.S. Role in South Africa's Future
Nov. 07, 1986  Economic Turnabout In Africa
Jan. 17, 1986  Angola and the Reagan Doctrine
Sep. 09, 1983  South Africa's ‘Total Strategy’
Jul. 14, 1978  African Policy Reversal
Sep. 03, 1976  Africa and the Big Powers
Apr. 04, 1975  Southern Africa in Transition
Dec. 06, 1974  Ethiopia in Turmoil
May 09, 1973  African Nation Building
Feb. 28, 1968  Nigeria at War
Nov. 02, 1966  White Outposts in Southern Africa
Feb. 03, 1965  Congo Dilemma
Aug. 12, 1964  Red Rivalry in Africa
May 22, 1963  Political Turmoil in Southern Africa
Nov. 02, 1960  Tribalism and Nationalism in Africa
Sep. 28, 1960  Education for Africans
Apr. 10, 1959  Power Struggles in Colonial Africa
Aug. 20, 1958  Algerian Conflicts
Apr. 09, 1958  White Supremacy in South Africa
Sep. 11, 1957  Future of Algeria
Apr. 03, 1957  Political Awakening of Black Africa
Sep. 17, 1952  Africa and the West
Feb. 20, 1952  Nationalism in North Africa
Dec. 04, 1942  War Resources in Africa
May 29, 1935  Pre-War and Post-War Imperialism in Africa
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Humanitarian Assistance
Regional Political Affairs: Africa