Men am so tired of this aid business. In this 21 st century it'd too late for African governments to continue walking around with plates expecting to recurve handouts. What are those governments doing with the tax payers money? Look at the streets of Nairobi? long lines of the latest Mercedes benzes that every wealthy Germans dare not buy!! Yeah that's where aid is being wasted!!
African governments should get up from there buts and start investing in it's people, build skills etc
why can we at least for once in our pathetic lives invent something for the world? Do not give me that same old story of colonialism or the good old days of ancient Egypt !!! We need to rethink as Africans what is our role in the world instead of perpetually being the sick man of the world!
James W. Hawkins
July 14th, 2009 6:25 pm ET
Aid in the physical sense (goods and services) must be ensured for the needy, coupled with an honest effort to enhance development. And the well managed distribution of the aid is paramount, in whatever form it is doled out. This is difficult here in Africa, because corruption has not yet been defeated.
July 14th, 2009 8:50 pm ET
Interesting different points of view.
July 14th, 2009 9:02 pm ET
Aid is not help. the truth is that we need trade and not aid. Mozo has written a book about this. I agree with her that we cannot lift the poor people from poverty with aid or donations. people in africa they need trade, trade, trade. A quarter of the kenyans depends on aid. Aid has helped PLHIV. Kenyan Minister says in an ideal world we may not need aid. Aid funds politicians but aid needs to fund education for kids. Africans should help themselves. 20 years of aid has not made any difference on africa. Commitments are only accademic. we need trade thats we are sayin but what is it.
July 15th, 2009 1:57 am ET
This is a fullsome statement by Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General of WHO.
She is explicit in her assessment . Definitely worth reading before we are tempted t commit t a unilateral viewpoint
July 17th, 2009 6:36 am ET
Money should be spent on a good education system , investment has to bypass the corruption of the gov. Only after many years of investment in education and physical infrastructure the countries will start to see the fruits of this investment.
Corruption is the source of all evil especially in these countries. Corruption is everywhere but in some countries more than others and the problem is that in African countries this means bare survival.
July 17th, 2009 12:51 pm ET
I believe that in the best interest of Africa, institutions that have been extending aid need to rethink that move. What Africa needs more than anything is an investment in the infrastucture, development of capacity and access to markets. We have the resources and the ability, what we need is an access to the markets!
July 17th, 2009 2:32 pm ET
Aid has'nt helped Africa in last 50 yrs and i doubt it will. Yes aid can help in humanitarian situations like floods, earthquake, pandemics etc but not hunger because with planning, irrigation and strategic food reserves, Africa can feed itself. However the bane of Africa's economic backwardness lies on specific pillars, the west gives us aid but doesnt allow our agricultural produce into their market while giving subsidies to their farmers hence our agric produce is expensive and doesnt have market. They then give us aid and 70% of the cost of the aid goes to paying a consultants from their counries to help us implement the project after which we still pay them back at a 4% interest rate, hence aid will never help us. Thirdly the west comes corrupts our crazy leaders and mine our minerals, export them as raw to their countries, process them and export back to us at exorbitant cost, now who really got the money here? Fourthe is brain drain, they ofrer everything including citizenship to our bright ones to lure them away and as humans everyone wants a better life.
My take on this to wean Africa away from aid:
The West to remove farm subsidies hence allow for competition
Both African governements and international agencies give incentives for proffessionals to work in their home countries
African governements should not export raw materials either minerals or agric produce, build factories with loans with a clear business plan which will spur employment and growth and a loan repayment plan
Spend as much as 40% of their budgets on infrastructure and education for the next atleast 20 years to perfect infrastructure and build manpower
Ensure that any aid given is utilised locally by employing locals and reduce amount on consultancy and other admin costs
Sorry to say this but take drastic actions on corruptions aka China, hang the guilty, other action like jailing and taking away their assests hasnt worked for 50 years.
African oil to be processed in Africa, Africa gold, diamond, iron, uranium, copper, coffee, tea, cocoa etc MUST BE EXPORTED AS FINNISHED PRODUCT.
COLUMBUS J. E.
July 22nd, 2009 1:50 pm ET
I just think the African need to rethink of the wholes issue of self management, because it all has to do with an individual as an African who seems to find himself in a cross road, or to put it mildly "to be or not to be, this is the question. A few years back, there was this talk about Asian tiger and the African sleeping lion, within the next few years, the tiger has over taken the lion and no one to contend with, therefore it is now more of a psychological problem than anything else. I don' t think is understatement or been pessimistic to say that what the African just need now is to strive and seriously review some of these concept like Globalization, Assistance and indeed by looking inward more than outside that tends to create psychological problem than to solved them
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