TED Conversations

Duncan Mabona

Risk Manager,

This conversation is closed.

Given a chance to run a country in Africa,18 million people, 86% literacy, agriculture based economy, poor infrastructure what would you do?

If you were given a chance to run a country in Africa,18 million people, 86% literacy, agriculture based economy, poor infrastructure, least developed, low life expectancy, high infant mortality, High HIV/Aids prevalence, Acute shortage of Forex, Fuel and Unreliable Electricity Supply, what would you do?

Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    Aug 4 2011: I think I would start with trying to find a way to get the people themselves involved in the rebuilding of the infrastructure as that would help with the poverty issue. I would turn to the IMF for funding and ask each nation in the world to contribute some money to help rebuild the infrastructure. Then I would try to bring in business at the microeconomic level that would let the people be independent. I would work with groups like doctors with out borders, unicef, and others to get the medical system going. I would try to move more to local fuel development and stay away from things like mass generation of electricity on a huge scale but work in small increments that would then work together to bring the country alive. I would look to the natural resources and see which ones could be used by the people to live, have energy, and develop economies that they can sustain. All of this would require input from leaders in each area both secular and religious. With the local leader on board to a common idea it could be sold to the local people. May in the end we could generate hope in what sounds like a hopeless situation. My hope goes out to you and I hope you can get peoplel to help yo spread your idea locally.
    • thumb
      Aug 5 2011: "I would look to the natural resources and see which ones could be used by the people to live"

      James, it is my impression that over the last 2 million years, humans in africa have been doing just that,
      where did all the resources they lived on all this time disappear?
      anyone?
      • thumb
        Aug 5 2011: Maybe the world has changed enough to eliminate the natural resources. Science has shown that the Sahara Desert is expanding, there are lakes that are disappearing due to dust clouds from other parts of the world. I have no expertise in this area at all. Maybe over use?
    • Aug 6 2011: sir yours is intresting commit i to also had a plan of forming a group of my friends to make a ngc to avoid poverty to little extent which we can do

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.