Financial Times data visualisation illustrates aid dependence in Africa

The Financial Times has launched a series examining “whether Africa is finally turning the corner.” In the first installment, the paper published an interesting interactive graph that compares African countries’ foreign aid support as a percentage of government spending, from 1980 to 2008. In 2008, foreign aid to Liberia represented 771% of government spending, up from 652% in 2007, 369% in 2006 and 218% in 2005. The second highest ratio – 221% – goes to Guinea-Bissau.

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