Paul Boateng Urges Ghana to End Dependence on External Aid


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A member of the UK’s House of Lords, Rt. Hon. Paul Boateng, has advised Ghana to lessen its reliance on aid.


He observed that Ghana has been economically disadvantaged for years as a result of relying heavily on external aid.

The former Member of Parliament (MP) for Brent South made these remarks during his speech at the 2024 Annual Leadership Lecture held at the Kofi Ohene-Konadu Auditorium at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) on Tuesday, June 18.

The event focused on the theme “Fulfilling the Promise: The Challenge of Leadership! Moving from Rhetoric to Delivery.”

Paul Boateng / Photo Credit: Still We Rise

Referring to President Akufo-Addo’s 2018 statement with French President Emmanuel Macron, emphasizing the importance of Africa reducing its dependence on external aid, Paul Boateng said:


“Break the vicious cycle of dependence on external aid. Who here does not remember the moment His Excellency the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo stood next to the president of France Emmanuel Macron and went viral and made the point about the need for us to cease to have to rely on external aid if we are to break that vicious cycle of dependence on external aid and those great powers who have fed and continue to feed on Africa’s resources and whose activities with their willing collaborators hold Africa down in an impoverished and conflicted posture?”

“We are held down in an impoverished and conflicted posture by our dependence on external aid and the great powers, and it is something terrible when a statement on the internet that a Dutch Passport is worth more than a Ghanaian PhD.

“It is something terrible when that goes viral on the internet. We cannot allow it to be so and leadership must be at the heart of our response.”


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