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Poverty and corruption in Africa

Explain how poor economic performance across much of Africa can be explained by "government failure."

According to Jeffrey Sachs, what kinds of development assistance can make a difference in Africa, and what role does he anticipate for the developed world?

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Government failure is present when there is a failure in basic services, such as primary education and clean drinking water. Such is the case is many parts of Africa. This problem is the result high levels of corruption, which siphons development aid to those who are already rich. People are chosen for office based on family ties rather than their ability to lead, and bribery is culturally ingrained. This results in leadership who is unable to put forth any sort ...

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Government failure in Africa, and its correlation to poor economic performance.