Let's End Foreign Aid by Ending Poverty

Published: Wednesday, 03/14/2007 12:00 am EDT

The Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade's report on Sub-Saharan Africa has ignited a much-needed debate on aid to that continent. Far too many citizens of Africa continue to live in grinding poverty, despite the billions of dollars spent by well-meaning western agencies and individuals. Yet amidst the challenges posed by under-development, conflict, corruption and HIV/AIDS, we should remember that there are many examples where assistance has made a real difference in people's lives.

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