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Africa Aid

Technology for Development: Shifting the Status Quo in Africa

Courtenay Cabot Venton | Posted 04.01.2015 | Impact
Courtenay Cabot Venton

Access to mobile technology is transforming our ability to reach the poorest of the poor.

The Trials and Triumphs of Aiding Africa

Bill Gates | Posted 07.22.2014 | Home
Bill Gates

In the world of venture capital, a success rate of 30 percent is considered a great track record. In the world of international development, critics hold up every misstep as proof that aid is like throwing money down a rat hole. When you're trying to do something as hard as fighting poverty and disease, you will never achieve anything meaningful if you're afraid to make mistakes.

Self Help Africa: Why Only Profits Can Cure Poverty

Bill Frezza | Posted 07.21.2013 | Home
Bill Frezza

Africa has long been a place where charity goes to die. Tragically, most of this aid has been wasted, either stolen by corrupt local politicians or handed out in a way that traps people in a state of dependency that only generates more need for aid.

Nonprofit: The Real Reason Aid Doesn't Reach The Poorest | Posted 02.14.2013 | Impact

When academics or the media criticize aid organizations for inefficiencies or promises unfulfilled, I think about the vast and endlessly tangled compl...

Africa Is Calling

Michael Spencer | Posted 06.29.2012 | Impact
Michael Spencer

What Africa needs now more than anything is not Western sympathy or aid, but Western investment. And investment in all forms. Not just investment of capital, but investment of ideas, knowledge, skills and expertise.

Making Government Work Can Transform Africa

Tony Blair | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tony Blair

The international development community needs to find new ways to support leaders in Africa to do the right thing. No leader deserves a blank check, but it is not enough for us to just say that Africa needs more Mandelas and fewer Mobutus.

Educated Children Are the Future of Africa

Mia Farrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mia Farrow

There is a growing chorus across Africa calling for change. And at the top of their demands is the right for every child to an education. These are the voices of Africa's future.

Is Charity For Africa Doing More Harm Than Good?

Time | NICK WADHAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

In the history of foreign aid, it looked pretty harmless: a young Florida businessman decided to collect a million shirts and send them to poor people...