AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

the politics of aid

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Just give poor people money

Brett Davidson It is interesting to see “Social Protection” take the fore in discussions of the Millennium Development Goals at the UN this week (see Jamie Holmes’ piece on the Huffington Post, for example). Over the past several years, evidence has continued to accumulate that it makes a lot of sense to give money to

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

“THE MZUNGU THING”

Excerpts from author Alex Halperin’s contribution in the latest issue of lit magazine, “n+1″: The safer parts of Africa have become a workshop for high-concept philanthropy, wrapping adventurism in a veneer of charity. Young Americans bring yarn...