Paternalism vs Partnership

We've been colonized for far too long ... that cultural enslavement where we think we've got to look to Europe for standards, to America for help and development. We have to help our people look to themselves and their resources.
- Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle

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  • Michael Fairbanks on Working for the Establishment, Not the Poor

    Aid, and World Bank aid and bi-lateral aid… they create a condition that’s almost the old Soviet-style economics… whenever you have an aid agreement, those consultants come into the country, and they don’t work for the country, they work for the foreign-aid establishment. And so what you find is that the aid establishment severs the sovereign link between the leader of a country and its people. Because you’ve got all these consultants running around doing their thing, purportedly to work for the people, but in reality, their masters are in Washington and Tokyo and London and Paris.

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  • Michael Fairbanks on Master-Slave

    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.

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  • Herman Chinery-Hesse on Elephant Bureaucrats

    When elephants fight, the grass suffers… you cannot imagine how petty the political parties could get… and they can do this because they are not depending on tax revenue. They are more interested in a smile on the World Bank country director’s, face than the success of my business, because, they really are not depending on me as much as they are depending on the World Bank for their livelihood and their survival. And this is an issue.

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  • Herman Chinery-Hesse on World Bank as a Bully

    I think that the World Bank and a lot of the donor organizations have an agenda outside the development of our countries. They bully our governments into positions where our governments are not in a position to make the decisions that are required for the rapid development of our countries. And I don’t blame them. If the World Bank officers gave us good advice, we’ll become a developed country. If we become a developed country, then what happens to them? They are out of a job… You can’t have your moneylender determine for you how you run your business. Because he’ll ensure and guarantee that you stay in debt, because he’s living off your interest… I don’t know what the numbers are… but I am sure that very little of the donor money that comes into our countries, stays here… It’s immoral.

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  • Herman Chinery-Hesse on Africans Developing Africa

    Only Africans can develop Africa. I don’t know of any country in the world, once again, where a bunch of foreigners came and developed the country. I don’t know one: Japan? Korea? No! No country did that. The U.S. was not developed by Nigerians. I don’t know where that formula is coming from; there’s no precedent… We have to sink or swim ourselves. And Africa can!

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  • George Ayittey on Neocolonialism

    Every foreign entity, from our history, every foreign entity that comes to Africa goes there to pursue their own interest. Americans go there to pursue their interests. The Russians go to Africa to pursue their own interests. The Arabs came to Africa to pursue their own interest. The Chinese right now are not in Africa because they love black people so much; they are there to pursue their own interests. So we have a new form of, you know, neocolonialism.

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  • George Ayittey on Pity vs. Partnering

    In the past, we’ve had too much paternalism, where Christian churches want to come to Africa and somehow they see the poor as people to be pitied and people to be for handouts to be given to them. That model didn’t work. Now, the poor are not lazy; they are hardworking. And a better model would be to form partnerships with the poor and help the poor achieve their own dreams. I think that would be a better model which will serve everybody.

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  • John Armstrong on Partnerships

    Western leaders need to be far more careful about how they view partnership, and that that really is a partnership, not simply an agreement to provide money and resources, but a real partnership.”

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  • Bob Bradberry on Cultural Interaction

    If you’re visiting from another country, you’re both a learner and a teacher. You’re a giver and you’re a receiver, and so you really benefit by that cultural interaction between different parties.

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