For too long, Obama said, U.S. policy has been defined by the amount of money spent and food and medicines delivered.
"But aid alone is not development," he said. "Development is helping nations to actually develop, moving from poverty to prosperity. And we need more than just aid to unleash that change."
Obama said the U.S. also is changing its view of the ultimate goal of development. He said that some U.S. aid has saved lives in the short term — such as food aid for millions of starving people around the world — but that it hasn't always improved those societies over the long term.
"That's dependence, and it's a cycle we need to break," Obama said.
Interesting... it's about time someone noticed the lack of development in Africa, despite enormous amounts of aid over the last few decades. Aid is just, well, a band-aid on the problem. Nothing will change unless governance changes and civil rights are properly and universally acknowledged and promoted from within.