In Africa, the Bane of Aid Dependence

Instead of entirely benefiting poor nations, such as those in sub-Saharan Africa, foreign aid is used by donors to advance their economic and political interests, an African newspaper argues.

Conditions attached to foreign assistance have perpetuated dependence on overseas aid in Tanzania, according to an editorial of local paper The Citizen.

The Tanzanian government should reduce its dependence on foreign aid, particularly budget support, the paper notes.

“[T]hreats to withhold [general budget support] often rocked the government, delaying the implementation of proposed reforms,” the editorial reads. “There is a need for an effective and innovative leadership that will fully exploit the vast potential, properly manage the available resources, boost revenue collection and strictly pursue national priorities.” 

About the author

  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.