Many African states have been addicted to Western aid for decades.
Unfortunately, Africa as a whole has stagnated and some African
countries are poorer today then they were in the 1960s. In recent
years, advocates of foreign aid have called for making aid more
efficient, but that may be easier said than done. The problem, some
critics argue, is that aid supports predatory governments and
perpetuates institutions that are alien to Africa. The “modern”
state, characterized by Western-style elections and bureaucracies,
may be ill-suited to African conditions. Failing governments should
be allowed to collapse and be replaced by institutions indigenous
to Africa. Our panel will discuss the likely consequences of ending
aid and consider subsequent institutional developments.