Africa needs confidence, not more aid

18 March 2005

For 40 years, western-led donors have been putting money into Africa. Yet its citizens have got poorer. So how do aid ministers and NGOs justify this wasteful spending?

At least we all agree on one thing; Africa is in a mess.



The donors who turn a blind eye to Kenyan sleaze

15 February 2005

By Michael Holman

Not since an outraged German banker exposed the multibillion dollar fiddles Presdient Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire has there been such an authoritative account of sleaze in an African state as the revelations of John Githengo, Kenya's anti-corruption supremo. 

Africa's Potemkin deception

20 February 2004

Statistics no better than assumptions are used to sell insupportable schemes, all wrapped in an unwarranted belief that Africa is somehow 'getting better'.

A last chance for laid-back leader of the opposition – Financial Times

4 January 2003

When Mwai Kibaki made his first speech as president to a jostling, sweating, over-excited crowd of half a million Kenyans this week, many were surprised by both it's tone and content.

Zimbabwe's loss, Mozambique's gain

5 September 2002

Michael Holman suggests a cross-border rresettlement programme for white farmers that would allow southern Africa to retain scarce expertise.


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