Donors use aid for political, economic pressure on Africa

July 27, 2022

By Cambarure Kaputu

The idea stems from the many political, social and above all, the economical challenges and struggle that Africa had to endure over the years. Being call the dark continent, a begging giant and a place plugged by dept, hunger, diseases and chaos.

Internal media continues to paint a harsh picture of the continent with everything bad and shameful describing the “nature of Africa”.

The idea of aid as it strengths state cooperation, helps rebuilt livelihoods and housing after disasters, can help increase food production and so improve the quality and quantity of food available in the continent.

encouraging aid industrial development can create jobs and improve transport infrastructure among other benefits. However the will and provision of aid has changed its core purpose as corruption has been center stage, leading to the people who need it most not receiving it. local politicians may use aid for their means or for local gain, and donors may use it to put political or economic pressure on African countries as a country may end up owning a country or organization a favor. After all, sometimes aid is not gift, but a loan and poor nations may struggle to repay it. Above all aid can increase the dependency of less economically developed countries on donor nations.

The elimination of dependency syndrome that has held back the horns of Africa should be on the priority list of all African countries and the AU including all regional economic communities.

African countries have been recipients of aid since independent with no sign of economic and political improvement, while the continent is the fastest growing market for mobile phones and is home to world’s fastest growing economy, Ethiopia. With all the resources that made the globe richer and capabilities that can be enhanced, the continent continues to stand still with no hope of realignment, revamping and rebuilding that foundation that sums up the spirit of the African people.

Many have spoken on the future of beautiful continent, the path it has to take and the major priorities to in order to achieve continental objectives. Thus, they are simple and require importantly the political will of those in power in order to influence the entire African populace. Unity remains key and a new dawn of thinking should come into play on the continent.

Therefore African governments need to implement on policies that enriches democracy, creating the enabling environment of job creation especially for youth, regional integration, and economic engagement, thereby effective regional integration to mention, but a few.

All this can only be achieved when the over all of political will of African leaders is enhanced and when priorities on youth developments are fast tracked. Africa can get there and our continent can be perfected, it all depends on the respectful peoples of Africa to hold hands , in the spirit of ubuntu, prepare, sintise and decide the future of our gorgeous continent. But first, let Africa break the dependency syndrome as Julius Nyerere once said; “Independence cannot be real if a nation depends upon gifts”.

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