Dr. Sachs on Africa Aid

Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, chair of the Millenium
Challenge, says the suffering of Africa is on the hands of U.S.

In his most outspoken writing to date, at least that I’ve seen, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, author of the Millennium Challenge report, says the suffering of Africa is on the hands of U.S. policymakers, including the current administration.

Dr. Sachs writes in a Sunday L.A. Times op-ed piece, “The millions of Africans who die young and the hundreds of millions going hungry are not victims of fate. They are the consequences of U.S. policy.”

It’s a pretty scathing critique of the current policy and it addresses the myths that are often used to buttress that policy. Coming in the wake of the G-8 Summit promise to forgive some African debt, it puts a much more realistic perspective on just how much more needs to be done and it also holds up successful examples of aid that have made a difference in better health and lives saved.

Sachs is an informed, articulate advocate for functional partnerships. I hope he’s being heard by those who can make a difference.

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