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.
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.
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.