Another excellent article I've recently read is this Guernica Magazine interview with economist Dambisa Moyo, who explains why sending money to Africa can't bring change. This agrees with my own tentative conclusions based on what I learn from occasional articles by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times and in the New York Review of Books, though Kristof himself, while acknowledging the shortcomings of aid, does not accept that it's part of the problem.
Kristof also reviews Moyo's book in the NYT. The title reminds me that during my all-too-brief visit to Berlin earlier this year, I read Muriel Spark's Aiding and Abetting. It was a good, smooth read, but not as impressive as A Far Cry From Kensington or my favorite-so-far, The Ballad of Peckham Rye.