Thursday, July 7, 2005

"For God's Sake, Please Stop the Aid!"

Kenyan economics expert James Shikwati speaking with SPIEGEL on the topic of foreign aid to Africa:

. . for God's sake, please just stop.

[..] Such intentions have been damaging our continent for the past 40 years. If the industrial nations really want to help the Africans, they should finally terminate this awful aid. The countries that have collected the most development aid are also the ones that are in the worst shape. Despite the billions that have poured in to Africa, the continent remains poor.

[..] Huge bureaucracies are financed (with the aid money), corruption and complacency are promoted, Africans are taught to be beggars and not to be independent. In addition, development aid weakens the local markets everywhere and dampens the spirit of entrepreneurship that we so desperately need. As absurd as it may sound: Development aid is one of the reasons for Africa's problems. If the West were to cancel these payments, normal Africans wouldn't even notice. Only the functionaries would be hard hit. Which is why they maintain that the world would stop turning without this development aid.

[..] Millions of dollars earmarked for the fight against AIDS are still stashed away in Kenyan bank accounts and have not been spent. Our politicians were overwhelmed with money, and they try to siphon off as much as possible. The late tyrant of the Central African Republic, Jean Bedel Bokassa, cynically summed it up by saying: "The French government pays for everything in our country. We ask the French for money. We get it, and then we waste it."
Be sure to read the entire interview - such clarity is an unfortunate rarity these days. HT: Nealenews

Also recommended, "Choking on Aid Money in Africa":
The main duty of aids workers is to make themselves redundant. Understandably they take their time doing this. "When I started this job I was brimming with idealism," says Bernhard Meyer zu Biesen, head of German Agro Action. "But after I had saved enough money within a few years to buy a house, the relationship I had to my job changed."

1 Comment:

Pietr said...

When an 'unthinkable' event makes an action or lack of action 'unconscionable',the adherents of social omnipotence stamp their little hooves and snort that 'something must be done'.
So,every time there is a catastrophe in Africa and sometimes elsewhere, they wait to be led into 'action',meaning more statism to supply the needs of the local exploiters.
The leaders act,confident that their miserable crimes will not show in the black sunlight of praise that hypocrites love to bask in.
But what is this?A revolution!The Bobs and the Bonos have muscled in on the act,appearing 'genuine',just as the conventional politicians were becoming transparent.
Meet the new boss!Same as the old boss!