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Africa does not need any more aid to develop, it needs moral support and guidance to harness her resources to develop

Since the days of colonialism, western countries have always had an obligation to support former colonial territories in term of development. Colonial governments set up social, political and economic structures.
However, after independence, we were not trained how to manage and develop the resources we had.
They have injected billions of dollars funding various development projects. Irrespective of all this, African counties especially sub- saran Africa, has gotten even worse. Corruption and mismanagement of public funds, assets and resources is becoming the order of the day.
The reason for this is partly because we are just given resources whose value we do not know because we do not work for them. Recently, the US ambassador to Uganda said they would massively cut on direct budgetary support to the country in order to look at financial crisis back home. As humans, we mostly look after what we value, and we mostly value what we work hard for.
And i totally agree. What do you say about this?


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  • Dec 16 2011: Great insight Louis, surrendering power is a great problem. Its inherent in humans. Africa's social structure in many countries is more to that we give more respect to local and cultural leaders that to Heads. This however is changing thus the current conflicts.
    About resources, yes, we have all, both natural and human resources. What we lack are good stewards of these resources. I have always augured that the world needs managers( stewards) not politicians, Politicians mess this up. But effective change is gradual and gatherers momentum; though sometimes may me rapid like revolution which is usually violent but should not be justified when All peaceful means have Failed. Africa will Get there

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