An article by BBC on the benefits and realities of providing aid to Africa and developing countries.
"When a tsunami hits or war creates refugees, the victims can do with some help to get back on their feet wherever they are.
Humanitarian relief aid will always be needed when disaster strikes.
But the evidence that aid can transform whole societies and lift millions out of poverty is unconvincing.
It can only speed up a process that is already happening.
When we see scenes of destitution from Africa we assume that we can change things by sending money.
But if aid could make Africa prosperous, it would have done so by now.
Despite nearly a trillion dollars of aid since independence in the 1960s, much of Africa is worse off now than it was then."
By Richard Dowden, Director of the Royal African Society
My view is that to refer countries as developing is starting on the wrong foot. Sure, they may be developing, everyone is developing. They are going somewhere. But what we mean is, that they are developing to be like us, like 'successful' western countries with be economies and material items. Yes, there is health and other benefits, I'm short cutting it on purpose.
Africa is Africa. Help Africans develop it in their own way, at their own pace.