All men mean well."
Have you noticed that we've seemed to move into a mentality where intentions are good enough and results are, at best, glossed over?
Live Aid happened twenty years ago. Africans still starve.
"BUT it raises awareness!"
Correct. It raises awareness for Coldplay's new album, Madonna's aging voice and Bono's expanding ego. It allows good intentioned people to listen to good intentioned artists play (sometime) good music then go home all warm and fuzzy. Measuring Live Aid based on intentions; it was a huge success. Measured based on results? Ask some kids in Kenya that question.
Thinking the G8 can somehow solve the problems of Africa in its 31st conference is more than ludicrous, it's borderline racist and definitely class-ist (and classless). Did the G8 start the last conference by voting to fuck over Africa? The United States ALONE has sent over $30 billion dollars to African nations in the last decade. As with most things, throwing money at a problem eases the minds of the throwers and solves nothing. Sorry, that is not entirely true, it does solve the liquidity problem for many dictators and their Swiss accounts.
Madonna gets on stage and says, "Are you ready, London? Are you ready to start a revolution? Are you ready to change history?" which is hard to hear over the jingle-CLACK of the stones around her neck and on her fingers. She got to go home that night in the glow of her good intentions.
We don't need to reunite Pink Floyd to know there is suffering in Africa. We knew that without hearing "Comfortably Numb". It is the market economies that make the G8 the, well, the G8. Why does anyone think that market economies and more freedom won't bring wealth to Africa? The closest thing to a success in Africa is South Africa. The less social and facist that country becomes, the more successful it, and ALL of its people become.
Drop the intentions and focus on results.
Want to see the corrupt governments fall in Africa? Don't SEND money... cut it off. Stop. Watch the people rise up, as they always do, once enough truly becomes enough. Will there be suffering? Yes. Will CNN get some juicy "the US hates Africa, see the proof" footage of starvation and violence? Yes. Guess what? The suffering and violence is already there but CNN isn't covering it.
Have faith in the people. Every successful nation has the same story; oppression, revolution and upheaval leading to a more democratic state. When the French STOPPED funding the colonies, the revolution started with some tea. When the Brits STOPPED funding the revolution in France, they finally cut off some heads and did something.
Focus on results.