On Saturday, July 11, 2009, President Obama gives a major speech in Ghana, setting the tone for his policy towards Africa. The President previewed the vision he will lay out in an interview with AllAfrica.com.
During the interview, the President was asked how aid, investment and technology intersect in Africa. President Obama said:
“[T]echnology can play a very important role in streamlining our aid to countries, making sure that we're tracking how that aid is being applied, making sure that it's reaching the people it's intended to reach. …[I]t seems to me that what we should be doing is trying to minimize our footprint and maximize the degree to which we're training people to do for themselves.”
What role will innovative technologies play in streamlining U.S. aid to Africans in need?