Rombo has just posted a very thoughtful piece commenting (among other things) on the wisdom of having Bono as an expert on aid for Africa…
she compared it to “having an International musician like Amy Winehouse commenting on the US debt crisis rather than Obama. It makes no sense.”
On the one hand, I really feel badly for Bono and Blair and their ilk. They see a problem and they’re compelled to do something. It’s hard to fault them on that ground. There are too many people all over the place doing nothing when they should be doing something.
On the other hand, it’s clear that AID has not worked/is not working as it’s supposed to, unless of course, it had the subversive objective all along of perpetuating dependence, in which case, it’s truly a work of genius. As Moyo says, “giving aid to Africa remains one of the biggest ideas of our time,” which is puzzling no end because all the evidence suggests is that it’s an idea that has failed miserably. (read more)