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Stop trying to ‘save’ Africa by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
July 16, 2007, 7:54 pm
Filed under: Development theory, If you only have 15 mins

Writer Uzodinma Iweala (named one as one of Granta magazine’s 20 best young American novelists, and author of Beasts of No Nation) has written an op-ed in the Washington Post. He argues that Africa does not want to be “saved” and questions whether aid to Africa is really just an exercise in “affirming one’s cultural superiority.” His concern is targeted at the celebrity interest around Africa and the resulting headlines like “Can Bono Save Africa?” Read the article here.

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