How to Help Africa
How should we really be helping Africa? Is what people believe to be doing good really making a difference? This insightful article explains the problem in Africa, and how it SHOULD be solved.
HOW TO HELP AFRICA
Africa. It stretches over 30 billion kilometres and is home to roughly one billion people. It also currently holds the title for the world’s poorest continent, with more than a third of its people living on less than one dollar a day.
It is, therefore, no surprise, that Africa receives a substantial amount of aid from the wealthier nations of the world, whether it be USA, England or even Australia. And I’m sure it would make many people all over the world sleep easier if we were to say that the problem in Africa is getting better; and that the standard of living for all Africans is getting better. But is this actually the case?
Africa receives more than 50 billion dollars of international assistance every year. And although some of this goes to helping the desperate citizens, a lot of it is squandered away by corrupt governments, kept by dictatorial leaders, or, in the case of Uganda, spent buying $300 million worth of fighter planes from Russia.
So, how can we help a continent that can’t even help itself? Would wealthier nations be better to spend their money for their own purposes? The answer lies hidden underneath the blanket of authoritarian power. Money should be given, instead, to individuals so that they can start their own small businesses and become self-sufficient. This will decrease dependence on African governments for the basic necessities, which it has failed to provide to millions of people.
And hopefully, eventually, the governments that have remained so greedy and corrupt since the independence of the African nations years ago will be overthrown, and those same nations will join hands with the wealthy countries of today in a world where everyone is able to lead a decent life.