A Marshall Plan for Africa (And Not Just a Good Speech Line This Time)

Everytime someone wants to propose a new major aid initiative, it seems throwing around the term “Marshall Plan” is necessary.  Gordon Brown applied the term quite a bit several years ago in arguing for a big aid push to Africa from the G8.  Thabo Mbeki somewhat nonsensically used the term when he called for Africa to develop … Continue reading

Read A Good Book (and my quick follow up to Nick’s post on Paul Farmer)

I just read Nick’s post on Paul Farmer at USAID and had to add my quick input (which knowing me turned into something a bit longer.) As an incoming college freshman, I read MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS, an excellent work of nonfiction on Paul Farmer’s unprecedented HIV/AIDS work in Haiti.  Along with Jeffrey Sach’s END OF … Continue reading

AID: Consider the purpose!

Fivethirtyeight.com, one of my favorite blogs that features stellar insights on American politics and even contributed some great analysis on the Iranian political crisis, has waded into the waters of foreign aid today.  And it made for a pretty lame post. First of all, it’s important to point out that drawing conclusions from aid statistics … Continue reading

The New African-American Relations

The Economist has a curious article out this week arguing that in the broad scheme of things, American foreign policy toward Africa won’t change much from under George W. Bush. The idea is that (1) Africa was one of few relative policy successes for Bush: he presided over a gigantic increase in foreign aid, especially … Continue reading