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Submitted by Wolfgang on
Dear Pauline and Bolormaa, Indeed, many fragile states may remain aid dependent for some time (even though those with natural resources (incl. South Sudan) would in principle have enough resources themselves. However, if the trends of the past decade hold the large majority of African countries (and almost all other previously poor countries in other parts of the world) will have reached Middle Income status in another decade. Even if aid will continue to rise in line with global growth (which it has over the last 20 years) it will never be enough to close the funding gaps you describe if it is up to aid alone to fill them. Government budgets need to come in forcefully as well. For example, Kenya spends some 20 percent of its budget on education. Few argue that the sector has too little money. However, students and parents are not often seeing the desired results. Why? Teachers are absent from class more than 40 percent of the time they are meant to teach. Should aid try to close this 40 percent gap or should it try to help create systems that reduce teacher absenteeism? Best Wolfgang