Thursday, June 07, 2007

Africans say "Please stop the Aid!"

Kenyan economics expert James Shikwati says Western economic aid is causing more harm than good. From Spiegel Online:

Such intentions have been damaging our continent for the past 40
years. If the industrial nations really want to help the Africans, they should
finally terminate this awful aid. The countries that have collected the most
development aid are also the ones that are in the worst shape. Despite the
billions that have poured in to Africa, the continent remains poor...

How can this be?

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.

In other words, if the west is constantly sending payments to the continent's poor, there is no incentive to help themselves. A culture of dependency emerges. Isn't this a form of slavery?

Also read The Perverse Demographic Effects of Europe's Welfare State.

And, some people never learn.

Plus, Roy Innis criticizes the UN's "institutional racism".