Africa’s Slide Toward Disaster 

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Africa’s Slide Toward Disaster

AUG. 1, 2014

A specter is haunting Africa — the specter of impunity. Many countries the United States considers allies are in the grip of corrupt, repressive tyrants; others are mired in endless conflict. As Washington prepares to host the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit next week, American policy makers must acknowledge their contributions to this dismal situation. By lavishing billions of dollars in military and development aid on African states while failing to promote justice, democracy and the rule of law, American policies have fostered a culture of abuse and rebellion. This must change before the continent is so steeped in blood that there’s no way back.

The summit seeks to highlight Africa’s development successes and promote trade and investment on a continent rich in oil and natural resources. Justice and the rule of law aren’t on the agenda. But they should be, unless American C.E.O.s want to see their investments evaporate.

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  1. Interesting.

    It is more a constitutional flaw from the receiving country for failing to install a protective and moral ‘culture’ to prevent these things to happen, than the giving countries.

    If the Americans, Europeans and any other potential helping countries point out the fatal flaws within the developing countries and perhaps promise aid if country ‘x’ changes ‘y’. So if, say Somalia, improves their justice system, then America will donate $1billion towards a project or piece of infrastructure.

    We all need to make an effort to enforce change, we cannot rely simply on giving countries money.

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