On Wed, 31 May 1995, Menghestab Haile wrote
> Last week I was looking at a research proposal prepared by a consutancy group
> based in Belgium for a funding from the EU to work in Africa (I don't want
> name the group and also the African country). The funding required was more
> than a 1000,000 pounds. The group stated that its main aim is to tranfer IT
> the African country. What was alarming is that the group aims to buy 5 PCs
> send them to the country in question. It claimed that workstations cannot
> becuase of the maintainance requirement!!!! The company prepares to buy
> equipment for the office in Europe but sends 5 PCs to the African country.
> If you spend that amount of money you could certainly maintain a workstation
> train other people to take over with time.
> A friend of mine has been working on a project worth of 200,000 pounds. The
> porject is supposed to be done in Algeria. To tell you the truth 90% of the
> money is spent here in the UK.
So what else is new? The more I learn about foreign aid the more cynical
Aid is not given because we're altruistic. Not at all. The donor expects
valuable returns on the "investment". That's what aid really is.
of people may respond to public appeals for money to feed the starving.
CARE Canada launched an appeal for funds from the public to help the
situation in Somalia, and hundreds of thousands of $ were raised.
Last evening the Canadian public was told by a TV network, after an
investigation, that the monies that agency had raised for Somalia never
got there. What happened to it? Good question. It seems that
corruption is everywhere, in varying degrees. Too bad human beings are
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