The pro-aid activists will, of course, baulk at the very idea: "African development without aid? Impossible!"
And yet consider the evidence:
- No country in history has ever developed as a result of the injection of aid. (And before anyone throws post-World War II Europe at me, that surely was a case of reconstruction not development.)
- The only available precedents of rapid socio-economic development have all, without exception, been self-driven.
- Heavily aid-dependent countries have regressed not progressed as they've sunk deeper into the swamp of foreign aid.