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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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  • Jan 7 2012: Was in Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa recently, and was so very impressed by the locals I met there. A bicycle tour through Soweto was inspiring and humbling because of the incredibly gracious people. We in the west could learn so much about what is really important in this world by spending some time with people who have little materially.

    Western and now eastern money are both great opportunity and great dangers. The potential to build infrastructure is great. But the temptation, even for the most well intended leader, is also great. And the corporations know it's easier to enrich a few leaders who will then exploit the land and people, than it is to take the more responsible path. How can particularly mineral rich African countries development governments who won't succumb to these temptations?

    One thing that seems crystal clear is that peace and stability are fundamental necessities to improving quality of life.

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