Please Stop the Aid!

June 7, 2007

Interesting interview with James Shikwati in der Spiegel, underlining what I assume we’re all suspecting; giving money, food and clothing to Africa does not help. In fact, if anything it creates corruption, a beggar mentality and even destroys the market for local farmers, clothes makers and other small industries.

Huge bureaucracies are financed (with the aid money), corruption and complacency are promoted, Africans are taught to be beggars and not to be independent. In addition, development aid weakens the local markets everywhere and dampens the spirit of entrepreneurship that we so desperately need.

Whilst not echoing my thoughts on this exactly (I am not an economist and there are, in my humble opinion, ways to help even if only by sharing experiences and knowledge), it’s yet another example of ‘give a man a fish and he’s got food for a day, teach him how to fish and he’s eating for life’. We all know this, why don’t we wake up to it?

The article: http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/0,1518,363663,00.html

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