What Aid Can't Buy in Africa

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Dream team Blair launches his new partnership with Liberia

There is a fashion that is half right in saying that aid is not the answer to Africa's plight. Where it is wrong is that aid — especially focused on the killer diseases, like HIV/AIDS or malaria — saves lives and has a real impact. Where it is right, is that aid alone won't relieve Africa's poverty and underdevelopment. But good governance, the rule of law and a climate that welcomes solid private-sector investment can and will.

That's why I was excited recently to announce that the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative will be working with...

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