Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Marshall Plan for Africa?
Glenn Hubbard, the current Dean of the Columbia Business School believes that a Marshall Plan for Africa is needed in order to push the continent into the 21st Century and fully integrate African nations into the global economy. His column articulates why this plan is necessary but more importantly why the various Aid organizations would be in opposition of such an undertaking.
It is my believe that while Aid has done tremendous good in Africa and other underdeveloped areas of the world it has also done tremendous harm. Aid has stripped governments of the responsibility to its citizens and has helped corrupt governments remain in power. Aid has become the golden goose over which corrupt governments and officials have waged war. Perhaps it is time to rethink the Western approach to Africa. I believe Mr. Hubbard provides a new perspective, along with the likes of Mrs. Moyo, that is necessary in order to push the discourse on Africa forward.