GENEVA -- A $21.7 billion development fund backed by celebrities and hailed as an alternative to the bureaucracy of the United Nations sees as much as two-thirds of some grants eaten up by corruption, The Associated Press has learned.
Much of the money is accounted for with forged documents or improper bookkeeping, indicating it was pocketed, investigators for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria say. Donated prescription drugs wind up being sold on the black market.Ah, yes. Doing good by throwing money at problems. Too often the West doesn't donate money to do good, it donates money to feel good. IOW, even when it's about them, it's about us.
And countries rife with fraud and corruption and lying and graft wonder why they are poor.
I've just returned from Africa. Every dollar I donated I put directly into the hands of needy and worthy recipients.
And, even though I am a Christian, I favour the death penalty for persons convicted of egregious corruption in third world countries. An example needs to be made. The evil in human hearts needs to be quelled. The lawlessness of a corrupt, lawless society needs to be snuffed out before a nation can become prosperous and afford to be generous towards its evil-doers.
Throwing money at disfunctional third-world countries, often corrupt, is like putting money into a bag with holes in it. It doesn't end poverty; it perpetuates it by creating a culture of entitlement and dependency.
My friends, the facts of life are conservative -- and that includes a realistic assessment of the human heart and sin.