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Gerald Kirangama

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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 23 2011: I agree with this. There are many organizations giving to Africa when Africa needs to learn to develop and grow on their own. I am apart of a great organization that DOES give to Central Africa but in the way it is needed. Invisible Children is an amazing group of people who raise money for the development of Africa. For example, IC invented jobs in Africa making bracelets to sell to people in the United States in order to raise money. These efforts put forth by IC is too raise money for the education of children and young adults in Africa so when they grow into adults they will be prepared and equipped to run their own country. Africa must learn help itself; it is the only way they will cease to need our, as in the US, help to run and develop. We must stop handing them things and teach them to learn and develop on their own. Thank you for presenting this discussion, for it hits close to home with me and the Invisible Children organization.

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