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Stop The Foreign Aid to Africa !

Updated on January 28, 2013
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There is a tendency led by malicious and imperialist gurus which say that the whole continent of Africa has no future without the West.They say that the Africans are incompetent and unable to feed themselves,because they are chronically sick,mentally retarded ,socially inept and importantly economically backward and inactive.Some of them make it as a joke ,saying that if you give an African a fishing rod and the worm and he will eat the worm,which means they like to take the easy way out.

Since 1950,money have been pumping into Africa,some as loans and some others as “charity-based aid” in attempt,as it were declared,to help Africa to stand on its feet and fix its problems.But,in fact,it makes Africa sink more head over heels in debt and corruption.The economist William Easterly has launched a massive attack in his book “White Man's Burden”on the Jeffrey Sachs,Columbia University economist,slogan “ roughly double aid to Africa ” to end poverty in this decade.He points that most of the international aid are generally wasted or misused by the corrupted regimes .He gives such horrible examples of that:Paul Biya,the president of Cameron ,received $35 billion under the name “Poverty Reduction Growth Facilities.”.There’s been neither poverty reduction nor economical growth in his country:The average Joe getting poorer and poorer each day and sometimes killed when he protests against the soaring food prices.Other economist from Africa,Zambia,Dambisa Moyo have backed up Easterly by calling Europe to cut off the flow of the foreign aid because according to her opinion -as it is stated in her book “dead aid”-,it has bred dependency, encouraged corruption and ultimately prolonged the existence of the bad governance and misery .This is exactly what Michael Fairbanks,the Co-Founder of Seven Fund and the Chairman Emeritus of the OTF Group says:"Every time you do aid to Africa, you create that parental relationship. I’m helping you. You should be guided by me because I have a bag of money. The responsibility for your future is actually on me, not on you because I have the resources to develop you. It’s patron-client; it’s master-slave; it’s donor-recipient. It’s all broken.”1

A recent study made by World Bank about foreign aid to Africa between 1980 and 2000 showed that“aid on balance significantly retards rather than encourages market-oriented policy reform.”2 Based on this report,I'd venture to say that cutting off the flow of foreign aid would be far more beneficial because it minifies the risk of the civil wars in poor fragile countries and doesn't make athirst for taking up arms to be in power.

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It is worth mentioning that that USA has recently opened a new policy to Africa not based on money handouts but on noble intentions to help,or rather what Mrs Clinton call "tough love".The administration of Obama has understood the real problem of Africa and its challenges that it has to face.Mrs Clinton elaborates that in her statement when she was asked by a jounalist :"Africa must take charge of their destiny…and the fate of Africa is up to the Africans and that the United States, while ready to work with you, has no ‘magic wand’ to solve endemic problems."3

In response to this statement,many African leaders and politicians warmly welcomed the new policy of the US toward Africa.One of them, Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda,who said recently when he visited US that Africa,especially Rwanda ,must stop relying on the foreign aids if it wants to stand on its feet,since the drums of war falling silent across the continent.But the recent invasion of Mali by France has awakened the old hatred and threw the " USA tough love" against the wall and stamped on it to death.

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Back to Afro-Asian conference which was held in Indonesia in1955,the participants claimed for the first time that the western countries(the Lordlords) would never let them arise and make a difference or add something meaningful to the world.Paul Johnson in his book Modern Times casts away the idea that there is a Western conspiracy held against Africa,but if If we take the French intervention in its former colonies in many occasions ,we will come to the conclusion that the West doesn't want Africa to arise from the ashes and pursue a policy of independence.In the Algerian elections of 1992,for example,France intervened indirectly by pushing the army to launch a coup,overthrowing President Chadli Benjedid and nullify the runoff elections.The consequences were catastrophic :more than 100,000 people were killed in brutal Civil war.Not so far,In Rwanda (1994),France trained the soldiers of the regime that carried out the slaughter of nearly a million people.When they interverned in the early conflict,they didn't dare to lift a weapon to protect the civilians( several massacre of Tutsis by Hutus )but to watch and securing their own interests.


Furthermore,When China approaches Africa with good intentions to build good biletral trade and economic relations,the West labels their presence as “neo-colonialism”.China,as we know,has business sanctions imposed by the West because of the alleged violation of human wrights and in stark need of a large amount of precious resources as they are taking big steps ahead in economical progress.So,they move to Africa to get their needs by themselves without foreign mediation.As an example of that,let's take iron,the China’s big demand.It is the Australian and Canadian mineral companies which provide China with its natural resource.When China got them at good price,The West looked enviously out of the window at the successful Chinese "BOUNTY HUNTERS" and labels them as colonizers.It is the west who went to Africa with swords and guns to colonize and now they are draining out their natural resources at dirt cheap price.In this connection,Moyo, Zambian author and economist,says in an interview with the SPIEGEL magazine : The Chinese don't want to impose either democracy or their religion, and they aren't driven by a feeling of guilt about colonialism. They're coming in the name of China. They need copper and oil. Many Africans love them because they build streets and stadiums and create jobs. That's the progress that the West has repeatedly promised us over the last 40 years but never really delivered"4.

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So money is not the solution or the magical wand.The only thing the West if they trully want to help is to educate the Africans in terms of getting the confidence,competence and experience they need so as to create a business that could compete and succeed globally.Giving leftovers or what it seems to be generous offers to corrupted regimes or donations for short terms will keep Africa more lagging behind and chaotic.One final point I'd like to add here is that the Western financial houses such as Swiss and British Banks should stop accepting the looted funds from political leaders.According to the UN and the AU around $148 billion is stolen from Africa annually by corrupted regimes,as an example,Mobutu stolen 4 billion dollars from Zaire, Abacha regime in Nigeria stashed away in Swiss bank about 4 billion dollars.This is a ridiculous game played by the west.You give money and then it returns to you as looted funds !

If those banks don't want to change their dealing systems, without any doubt,I can say: they are partners in crimes against African babies who are dying everyday of starvation.

S.O.S

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    • James-wolve profile imageAUTHOR

      Tijani Achamlal 

      5 years ago from Morocco

      @Lady_E.Thanks for the visit and the comment.You shouldn't have been afraid of them.You are free to express your own opinion and say it aloud.

      Have a nice day.

    • James-wolve profile imageAUTHOR

      Tijani Achamlal 

      5 years ago from Morocco

      @ahorseback.Thanks for the visit and the insight. The problems don t disappear with sacks of rice and corn.I am not saying that they should cut off immediately now the humanitarian aid.That is tough and inhuman as you said because it would make the situation there very worst .Almost 500 million Africans don't have enough to eat even though the continent has more fertile arable land.I am against pumping billions into Africa each year in the form of cheap loans and budgetary assistance. This money has bred dependence and inflation; it doesn't allow people to ever really become productive.The West has taken tough measures in Greece and demands reforms. But they don't demand anything similar in Africa.They just give money to them which I think are like bribes so as to give them something in return.

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      ahorseback 

      5 years ago

      Part of the huge problem of foriegn aid is that it filters its way down through their corrupt , murdering leaders and by the time it buys rice ....Theres nothing left ! I too say stop it all , but that inhuman , no ?

    • James-wolve profile imageAUTHOR

      Tijani Achamlal 

      5 years ago from Morocco

      @kingkos,yeah me too lol

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      kingkos 

      5 years ago

      I wish all corrupt Politician to live in africa with no money. Very interesting hub James!

      Vote up for this hub

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      Elena 

      5 years ago from London, UK

      Very interesting - I have been thinking about this recently in light of "Red Nose Day" in UK. A day set up for heavy donations to AFrica. I thought of just tweeting that people should stop aid to Africa, but had a feeling some people will lash out at me. So, I'm glad you touched on it.

      I would have liked to share/write a bit more, but Hmmmmh.... lol.

      Best Wishes, E

    • James-wolve profile imageAUTHOR

      Tijani Achamlal 

      5 years ago from Morocco

      I agree with you my friend.

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      cleaner3 

      5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      U.S should stop all aid to other countries. U.S should stop all aid to the United Nations the most corrupt of all aid agencies.

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