Time we challenged aid industry
Why should we foot the bill for Africa's political corruption and soaring birth rates asks Eamon Delaney
Published 17/10/2010 | 05:00
I thought I was seeing things when I caught the headline 'Africa set to follow in Ireland's footsteps says Bob Geldof.' Well, has Bob not heard the news?
Zombie hotels, colossal debt and a class of senior officials and politicians milking the system: why, yes, it sounds like Ireland alright.
Of course, Geldof meant something different. He said that Africa is ''kicking off'' and the continent ''would jump the gap from being a rural economy to an industrial economy just as Ireland had.'' It is developing "beyond any model a developmentalist can come up with", according to the rock star turned aid activist, and ''people are getting online and contributing to some of fastest growing mobile markets''.