posted on Apr, 29 2005 @ 09:54 AM
Sachs ideas are unrealistic. Throwing money at the problem has failed thus far. there are two major reasons Africa is a third world nightmare. One is
corrupt govornments. The other is lack of education.
Africa is full of fertile plains, and is rich with natural resources. They have the overall resources to develop into first rate industrialized
nations. The problem is one of people.
For starters, many of their govornments are either unstable or corrupt. This si why throwing money and food aid to the continent has been a failure,
as the systems that are suppsoed to distribute or help the people often are corrupt and use the resources for other purposes. This corruption can also
be seen in the constant warring going on, where one corrupt system tries to seize power from another. Anothert aspect of this corruption is that
govornments accept bribes and pay offs from certain western coorperations, especially in the diamond trade, and allow them to come in, employ people
at substandard wages in unsafe working conditions.
The second major problem is education. Im not talking about just literacy rates, either. Im talking about higher education. In order to build a
functioning society capable of utilizing their resources to the fullest with strong, healthy infrastructures, Africa needs highly educated people.
They need engineers, doctors, scientists, ect, to help develop these institutions. So far, there is very little access to basic education, let alone
higher education, and the few highly educated people that they manage to produce often move to western nations where opportunities are better and the
standard of living is higher. This is what people refer to as the "Brain Drain", where the brightest, best educated citizens are lured out of the
country by better standards of living and pay in richer countries.
Poverty in Africa is not such a simple task as Sachs thinks it is, and it requires many different approachs. The first step is agressively wiping out
corruption and civil war and unrest, making African nations stable building grounds for future improvements. Next major step is education, for in
order to build and sustain working, free, fair societies, you need educated people who can make informed choices. Basic schools must be built, as well
as universities. And to help them start, wealth western nations, instead of just throwing money at the problem, should instead throw people who can
help build a good educational system, as well as help start with things like engineering projects, or to teach more productive farming and
agricultural techniques as opposed to just slash and burn.
All this will take many steps tho, and fraankly, this si the type of thing the UN could get involved in to salvage their credibility and make
themselves relevant again. This wouldn't involve taxing the hell out of averge citizens in western countries, if the resources and people were
properly and efficently allocated, right now we have more than enough resources to help Africa get on its own two feet.
But ti takes work, effort time, and change. the first step must be political and social change there, because until corrupt govornments, factions,
warlords, ect are removed from the equation, there really isnt much else you can do.