May 21, 2010
Laura @ Texas in Africa
commented on Gay Couple in Malawi Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison...
Here's a list of all publicly available data on United States aid to Malawi in the last five years:
As the above commenter notes, much of this aid is directed through NGO's, which implement programs both in conjunction with government offices and independently through NGO's.Because much work is done in conjunction with government (eg, by funding programs at a village health clinic or renovating a school), it's not really accurate to say that "no US aid goes to Malawi's government," but rather that the aid is administered through NGO's.
As you can see, much of the aid for which Dan is calling us to cut involves family planning, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, primary education, food security, environmental protection, agricultural development, fighting tuberculosis and malaria, and a wide variety of other development activities. Contrary to the claims above, it is much more likely that cuts to these programs will negatively affect the country's poorest citizens. It will have less of an impact on their leaders.
Also, stop stereotyping Africa, people. Malawi is fairly well-governed. Corruption is not as big of a problem there as it is elsewhere on the continent.