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  1. Bob Mcmullan
    Bob Mcmullan May 25, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    I have long admired Joel’s work on Africa. I look forward to entering the debate more fully when I am free to do so after my return to Australia in September.

    However, I want to put a little balance into the Security Council/Africa discussion.

    I know for a fact that the increase in aid to Africa was decided long before the 2007 election. Kevin Rudd and I had our first discussion of this question even before he was leader and I became Shadow Minister.

    On another matter, the emphasis on mining was a direct result of requests from African governments. We would articulate our priorities and then they would regularly ask us to add mining to the list. So we did and I believe it was a good idea.

    More from me on all this after I return.

  2. Alex Erskine
    Alex Erskine May 22, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Joel, good but depressing article, thanks. Luckily there are other countries interested in development in Africa – For instance, I am working on a Tanzania project (a study of illicit financial flows, for the central bank) funded by Norway. Australia does run a risk on missing out on an interesting and strong-growth future. Best, Alex

  3. Alexandra Martiniuk
    Alexandra Martiniuk May 14, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Deep and intriguing writing Joel. Thanks for this. The sly moves for the Security Council seat are so clearly visible from your graph – fabulously stark. I felt enthused by your final paragraph ….

  4. Garth Luke
    Garth Luke May 14, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Joel, this is a great piece – if all else fails you can always get a job as an obit writer.

    My concern, and I imagine yours, is that there will be a need for many more human obituaries as a result of these cuts and the move away from assisting the poorest.

  5. Robert Cumming
    Robert Cumming May 14, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Great piece Joel. That graph clearly demonstrates the Security Council motivation for Australia’s increased aid to Africa in the period 2009 to 2012. It is a classic demonstration of the use of aid for diplomatic purposes and should be used in international development courses. I had hoped that at least some of the aid increase was because sub-Saharan Africa contains most of the world’s poorest countries – looks like I was wrong. I was teaching at Makerere University in Uganda when aid started to increase. It was an exciting time to be an Australian in Africa. Now it’s embarrassing!

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