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  1. Horace P. Nagbe January 31, 2010 at 1:23 am |

    That Africa is the richest continent on the globe and yet the poorest or poor in terms of the livelihood of its citizens is something not far from the truth. In my opinion, this is based on many reasons but will dwell on two for now: 1) The greed and self-centeredness of its leaders, and 2) The exploitation by the western world, under the pretense of international development aid.

    By these I mean that, the leaders of Africa get into power for selfish reasons – that is to enrich themselves and families, thinking only about what becomes of them when out of the control of powers. For example, in most parts of Africa including Liberia, the question has always been “what did you get from being president or leader in x,y,z, ministries or agencies”, and if the individual (s) shows nothing but reference honesty, he/she become a laughing stock and considers a fool! On this note, anyone entering the house of power firstly thinks of his/her life after serving the state. And, on the issue of exploitation by the westerners, it is based on the fact that they give aide to Africa and follow same with so-called “experts”, who come relying on the efforts of Africans to do the work whilst they are highly paid than those Africans.

    They come with huge budget on salary and allowances/immunities, which almost costs the entire project. Meanwhile, whatever is given as aide to Africa is payable (debt). Thus, Africa and Africans are used as scapegoats to enrich the western world. For example, in Liberia, most ministries of government are filled with westerners, who came in the name of experts but does nothing, except to go on so many holidays and take big salaries and allowances, whilst the Liberians who do the work are paid little or nothing. In my opinion, these are some reasons why Africa is the richest continent, but its people poor.

  2. I.P.A. Manning September 8, 2008 at 3:39 am |

    In Zambia, the assault on the commons is waged by the unholy alliance of mining corporations and Government, and by Government itself (with donors simpering in the background) on renewable resources – aided again by misguided donors. Those of us who fight it are placed under state surveillance and then deported, despite being bona fide investors supposedly protected under the Zambia Development Agency Act of 2006. But then The Economist and other ‘experts’ tell the world otherwise.

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