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From the Ted Talk "Andrew Mwenda: Aid for Africa? No thanks."

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Aid increases the resources available to teosvmenrng, and that makes working in a government the most profitable thing you can have, as a person in Africa seeking a career. By increasing the political canaetisterstv of the state, especially in our ltichnlaey fragmented societies in aaricf, aid tends to accentuate ethnic tensions as every single ethnic group now begins struggling to enter the state in order to get access to the foreign aid pie. Ladies and gentlemen, the most enterprising people in Africa cannot dfni opportunities to trade and to work in the private sector because the institutional and policy environment is hostile to business. Governments are not ggiancnh it. Why? Because they don't need to talk to their own sinczeit. They talk to international donors. So, the most peiiergrtnns Africans end up going to orkw for government, and that has increased the tcploilia tensions in our countries precisely because we depend on aid.

Open Cloze

Aid increases the resources available to ___________, and that makes working in a government the most profitable thing you can have, as a person in Africa seeking a career. By increasing the political ______________ of the state, especially in our __________ fragmented societies in ______, aid tends to accentuate ethnic tensions as every single ethnic group now begins struggling to enter the state in order to get access to the foreign aid pie. Ladies and gentlemen, the most enterprising people in Africa cannot ____ opportunities to trade and to work in the private sector because the institutional and policy environment is hostile to business. Governments are not ________ it. Why? Because they don't need to talk to their own ________. They talk to international donors. So, the most ____________ Africans end up going to ____ for government, and that has increased the _________ tensions in our countries precisely because we depend on aid.

Solution

  1. work
  2. attractiveness
  3. africa
  4. citizens
  5. political
  6. ethnically
  7. changing
  8. enterprising
  9. find
  10. governments

Original Text

Aid increases the resources available to governments, and that makes working in a government the most profitable thing you can have, as a person in Africa seeking a career. By increasing the political attractiveness of the state, especially in our ethnically fragmented societies in Africa, aid tends to accentuate ethnic tensions as every single ethnic group now begins struggling to enter the state in order to get access to the foreign aid pie. Ladies and gentlemen, the most enterprising people in Africa cannot find opportunities to trade and to work in the private sector because the institutional and policy environment is hostile to business. Governments are not changing it. Why? Because they don't need to talk to their own citizens. They talk to international donors. So, the most enterprising Africans end up going to work for government, and that has increased the political tensions in our countries precisely because we depend on aid.

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world bank 4
foreign aid 4
union market 3
marshall plan 3
international aid 3
european union 3
create wealth 3
civil war 3
african countries 3

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european union market 3

Important Words

  1. accentuate
  2. access
  3. africa
  4. africans
  5. aid
  6. attractiveness
  7. begins
  8. business
  9. career
  10. changing
  11. citizens
  12. countries
  13. depend
  14. donors
  15. enter
  16. enterprising
  17. environment
  18. ethnic
  19. ethnically
  20. find
  21. foreign
  22. fragmented
  23. gentlemen
  24. government
  25. governments
  26. group
  27. hostile
  28. increased
  29. increases
  30. increasing
  31. institutional
  32. international
  33. ladies
  34. opportunities
  35. order
  36. people
  37. person
  38. pie
  39. policy
  40. political
  41. precisely
  42. private
  43. profitable
  44. resources
  45. sector
  46. seeking
  47. single
  48. societies
  49. state
  50. struggling
  51. talk
  52. tensions
  53. trade
  54. work
  55. working