Africa & Aid Dependence

 

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A documentary generating awareness for inspiring, sustainable African economic freedom.

We ask if the multilateral and bi-lateral aid models devised by the West has dumped Africa into a vicious cycle of perpetual infancy and aid dependence resulting in civil unrest, human rights abuse, corruption and economic demise. (Note: We are not referring to humanitarian and emergency aid here)

We follow and discover the use of innovative entrepreneurial mechanisms to finance development and to assuage poverty. We live with the people and experience the rebirth of THEIR continent.

Who are the people we’re talking about?

They live in rural areas, away from bright lights and big cities. Their primary occupation is agriculture as well as secondary activities such as sewing, baking, trading and repair business.

They are well versed in and proud of their tribal customs, religion and philosophical beliefs, in which they carefully instructs their children. The family goes about its economic activities using centuries-old traditions and customs. If the family makes a little more money than it needs, the savings are placed under a mat or some susu (revolving credit scheme).

These people produce Africa’s real wealth – they farm the food and cash crops (cocoa, tea, coffee, sisal, etc) and mines Africa’s gold, diamonds, uranium, and other minerals – the wealth that the elite plunder. But in the post-colonial era, they did not feature in the grandiose schemes African governments and the Elites drew up to ‘develop’ Africa.

The Elite were more preoccupied with industrialization than with agriculture and entrepreneurial development. With agriculture roundly castigated as an inferior occupation. The people received little help from governments. Instead heinous brutalities, repression and exploitation were meted out to them. But now the tide has turned, and with more African democracies than ever in its history, a much anticipated renaissance are dawning across Africa.

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This generation is Africa’s future.

The thrust of this documentary is blunt and two-fold: First, African problems must be solved by Africans. Second, Africa must be developed by Africans, using their own African model, not a copied model form the US, Russia, Asia or Jupiter.

 

 

Our trip…

Through this campaign we aim to encourage developing a more educated, unfiltered and unbiased understanding of those with whom we share the world, a world with deeper understanding of one another encourages a world of greater fairness and equality.

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Our journey may not change Africa in itself, but we aim to:

  • Create awareness for alternative models resulting in sustainable development and economic freedom in Africa.
  • Present Africa as the opportunity that it is, NOT dependent and helpless as it is often portrayed.
  • Have fun and open our minds to the diversity and opportunity existing in our world. 

Excellencies, gentlemen – members and those responsible in Europe, it is to your solidarity and generosity that we appeal for your help in Africa. If you see that we have sacrificed ourselves and lost our lives, it is because we suffer too much in Africa and need your help to struggle against poverty and war… Nevertheless, we want to study and we ask you to help us to study to be like you in Africa. … We beg you to forgive us very, very much for daring to write this letter to you, great personalities to whom we owe much respect.

This note was found on Yaguine Koita and Fodé Tounkara, aged 15 and 16, from Guinea who were found dead in the landing gear of a plane when it landed in Brussels in August 1999. The goal of Western aid to Africa is to alleviate poverty and generate sustainable economic growth, but with only these two measures of its success, $1trillion of aid flowing to Africa since 1940 failed Yaguineand Fodé miserably.

We look at an alternative blueprint to these aid models based on market forces.

Much, much more to follow, for now, make sure you watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnepHUYFqgg

Suggested reading and credits:

Africa Unchained by George B N Ayittey

Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo