Unfortunately, since the time this blog entry was published, the following NY Times link has been put on the paid article list.
Here’s an informative article, this time from the New York Times, that goes into some detail about the nature of the government corruption in African nations that has been nullifying billions in aid from wealthy countries.
My thought is that if it weren’t for the corruption, aid may never have been needed, or significantly less would have been. Rule of law protecting individual rights and a common respect for honesty and trustworthiness are necessary for an economy to flourish. If you don’t have those, no amount of international aid will get a country, or a continent, on its feet and keep it there.