Friday, August 26, 2005

Eriteria and the disillussion with the western Aid beaurocracy

I read this article today about a drastic step from the Eriterian government in its ongoing tug of war with the Western Aid agencies In Asmara. It goes to show how much real frustration policymakers in Africa are grappling with as they try to find a way to run their countries, accept foreign assistance and develop their people and infrastructure. It is hard to tell whether the Eriterians are right to suspend the operations of USAID, but I am sure it was precipitated by their realization that the foreign aid apparatus as setup is not working.

It is hard not to come to the bitter conclusion that Aid organizations are somehow, conciously or unconciously, invested in the dire status quo. The exorbitant administrative costs, the luxurious vehicles, the ample accomodation in third world capitals, the ready supply of good food and entertainiment, all in all, suggest that the institutions are employment bureaus for jaded idealists and not results oriented do-gooders. Actions such as the one taken by the Asmara government might herald a new dawn where the local african governments are decisive partners and players in the efforts, and not mere supplicants waiting for pronouncements and directives from the smug foreign consultants.

4 comments:

  1. Anonymous12:09 AM

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  2. Anonymous8:46 AM

    You said:

    "Actions such as the one taken by the Asmara government might herald a new dawn where the local african governments are decisive partners and players in the efforts, and not mere supplicants waiting for pronouncements and directives from the smug foreign consultants."

    I say:

    Or it just might lead to the day with African governments are finally forced to meet the needs of their citizens by themselves without international assistance. Perhaps this is the action that will make African governments accountable to their citizens. Cut 'em all of and let them fend for themselves.

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  3. International aid organizations are continuously bottle-feeding African Nations addictive substances that foster detrimental dependency. With Conscious leadership and strategies devoid of reactionary method dictated by the west, African Nations can take the necessary steps for rising form the bondage this imposed underdevelopment schemes of the west (mind you not without African conspirators, driven by the quest of materialism), exploitation in the name of Aid (and may other banners)

    Wonderful blog, Waunar!
    Stay blessed

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