Updated: Jun 8, 2021
Warm Greetings to you ALL!
Once again, I thank you all for the continued inputs and insights shared on previous posts in the context of Mind Poverty. Rest assured, your contributions through various platforms are taken note of and deeply valued.
This week the conversation centres on the impact of foreign aid and hand-outs on the developmental advancement of the African continent in the context of Mind Poverty. Research outcomes confirmed the views of many social scientists. These economists maintain that for Africa to develop sustainably, there is an absolute need to dissociate from foreign aid no matter how tough it may sound. This phenomenon is a well-known fact in the region, a chief trigger of dependency syndromes. It fosters alien paternalism and paves the way for imperialism rather than genuine partnerships.
Poverty encompasses a wide range of factors, of which Mind Poverty plays a significant role. If at all development aid, money, or donations were the solution to poverty eradication, Africa should have joined first world nations long back. Foreign development aid and hand-outs are causing more harm; they create sustainable problems rather than sustainable solutions. It is no means to resolve poverty.
The challenge of foreign development aid is that it always comes with strings attached. To a greater extent, it instead encourages African governments to account more to donors than to the electorate that gave them the mandate to govern their affairs. Hanson (2009) argues that accountability to citizens should be a priority if poverty is to be eradicated as foreign aid encourages graft and breaks the fundamental relationship between the state and its people. Some say reducing non-humanitarian support would force African governments to up tax revenues, increasing accountability at the local level. Leaders such as Rwandan President Paul Kagame have publicly stated his country’s commitment to end dependency on foreign aid.
Below is a chart illustrating the opinions of respondents suggesting that foreign development aid, donations and hand-outs are no panacea to sustainably eradicating poverty.
No wonder, in his wisdom, the Founding Father of the Namibian revolution for freedom, Dr Sam Nujoma, during an event he has been conferred the 1995 Africa Prize for leadership for the sustainable end of hunger in New York on October 24, stated that: “hunger in Africa or any other part of the world cannot and will not be ended by donations of bags of maize or rice from industrial countries'. Mathew //Gowaseb (2005) in The Quotable SAM NUJOMA: Wisdom of Namibia's First President, implores the world to halt and rethink the concept of poverty, its consequences and ways to decimate it. Hunger goes far beyond being poor in material and or monetary terms as poverty stretches miles beyond a hungry individual, society or region. The above-stated scenario warrants a paradigm shift in our approach to understand what poverty entails to device sustainable solutions.
Hunger in Africa or any other part of the world cannot and will not be ended by donations of bags of maize or rice from industrial countries”
Dr Sam Nujoma (1995), NAMIBIA