Bono has apparently made an offer to help the natural father of the 14-month-old Malawian boy that Madonna is adopting.

The U2 frontman is reported to have said that he would like to offer Yohane Banda a job and that he believes Yohane would work well at Edun, his wife Ali Hewson's ethical clothing label.

In comments reported by the Sun newspaper, Bono said: "We're trying to get jobs to Africa - then people will be able to keep their children."

Bono is a high-profile campaigner for cancelling the debt of third world countries and is well known for his humanitarian work.

His comments are the latest in the debate about whether Madonna's adoption of David Banda is ethical and if it would be better to invest money in the countries that many adopted children come from in order to allow them to stay there.

A full judicial review of the interim adoption order granted to Madonna and her husband Guy Ritchie is to take place following an appeal by the Malawi Human Rights Consultative Committee (MHRCC), an alliance of 67 activist groups.

Madonna visited Malawi in October as part of her Raising Malawi charity, which funds orphanages for the country's one million orphans.

06/12/2006 15:29:59