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Should the United States Continue to Provide Aid to Africa?
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The ongoing financial crisis in the United States brings into question our ability to continue funding foreign aid. Africa, as a major recipient of U.S. aid, will be affected by this dynamic. There are concerns as to whether we can continue to afford to invest in any foreign country, especially Africa. But because of our strategic interests there, foreign aid to Africa will be a requirement for the foreseeable future. What has yet to be determined is how, where, and under what conditions the United States should invest its aid. Good governance is a necessary condition for ensuring that aid meets its intended purpose. Therefore, before the United States invests its assets in Africa, there should be some understanding as to whether Africa is Willing but Not Able, Able but Not Willing, or Unable and Unwilling to meet the required conditions. This paper examines U.S. foreign aid and what the United States needs to take into account to ensure that it remains an effective strategic investment.
APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE