U.S. aid to Africa has increased 56 percent over the last four years, but has not tripled as President Bush claimed earlier this month, according to a report on Monday by the Washington-based Brookings Institution.You just know that when some aide told Bush they had increased aid to Africa by 1/3rd, but exclaimed "Wow, we've tripled it? I can't wait to tell everyone" and nobody bothered to correct him because he was so proud of himself.
Excluding food and security assistance, U.S. aid to Sub-Saharan Africa rose just 33 percent in real dollar terms, according the report made public a week before a Group of Eight summit in Scotland where aid to Africa will be discussed.
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
K.M. | Tuesday, June 28, 2005 |