THE Obama administration must be held responsible for a series of failed or nearly failed states on the African continent. Recently Burundi has been in the news but it could just as easily be Nigeria, Mali or the Central African Republic. Whether the calamities that have befallen these neocolonialist constructions have been intentional or not, the ruination and depredations inflicted on large swaths of Africa amount to what can only be described as a failed state policy. Continue reading Obama’s Failed State Policy in Africa→
ONE wonders after 60 years and more than $1 trillion in post-colonial development-related aid, Africa is not yet free from chronic poverty. Real per-capita income today is lower than it was in the 1970s, and more than 50% of the population live on less than a dollar a day, a figure that has nearly doubled in two decades. But what went wrong and why?
On the other hand, a low-profile nation of Eritrea that literally won its independence from Ethiopia’s colonization in 1993 is doing something virtually unheard of in Africa. It simply turn down foreign aid in favor of partnership and investment. In the past two decades, it has walked away from millions of dollars in aid, including food from the United Nations, development loans from the World Bank and grants from international charities that meant to build roads and deliver healthcare. Continue reading Ask Eritrean President Why Foreign Aid is Crippling Africa→
ERITREA is building its own development solutions. The goal of the UN System in Eritrea is to provide quality advisory services, share best practices and support government efforts to build capacity to address development challenges related to basic social services, capacity development, disaster risk management, food security, and gender in the context of the Strategic Partnership Cooperation Framework (SPCF) 2013 – 2016. Continue reading United Nations CERF Eritrea Funding 2006 – 2014→
THE World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were set up during the end of the World War II to rebuild the economies of Europe. However, in order for the world bank and the IMF to implement their policies, they began offering loans to poor countries but only if the poor countries privatized their economies and allowed western corporations an almost free access to their raw materials and markets. That was a poverty trap and many poor countries realized it when it was too late. We were already in chains. Continue reading How the World Bank and the IMF Destroy Africa→