Has Africa outgrown development aid?

Ten years ago, the UK-government-led Commission for Africa was launched at the British Museum. It coincided with a popular global movement to Make Poverty History in Africa, a revival of Live Aid concerts, and a string of promises from G8 leaders to increase aid to Africa. The Commission encouraged partnership between Africa and the developed world, rather than a relationship of dependency. Is this happening? A decade on, how relevant or necessary is development aid? Is Africa now in a position to be an agent of its own progress?


  • Alex Jakana – Presenter, BBC
  • Zeinab Badawi – Presenter, BBC
  • Giles Bolton – Author, ‘Aid and Other Dirty Business: How Good Intentions Have Failed the World’s Poor
  • Andrew John Bower Mitchell – British Conservative Party politician
  • Tutu Agyare – Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Nubuke Investments
  • Martin Namasaka (30mins), – Former student at London School of Economics

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