. Working to provide access to clean water leads to healthier people with a little more free time to think about starting a business or overthrowing a dictator.
I don't see any evidence that aid-based efforts have ever been effective at enhancing levels of economic freedom in developing countries.
The great successes of Asian Tigers, China, and Chile do not seem to line up with aid-based efforts. In fact these all depended on new dictators coming to power, with perfection only after a peaceful transition to democracy (China is still working on it).