Hi Clement, and other members of the list!
Clement Dzidonu <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> (comments on foreign aid deleted)
> BTW:Just noticed a number of new subscribers to AFRIK-IT from Finland in
> the North to South Africa in the South, from Hawaii in the West to Japan in
> the East...welcome to the Africa IT party...Perhaps some of you may
> introduce yourself and throw some fresh light on what we've been talking
> about. I am sure some of you have views on the matter. Lets hear from you.
Greetings. I am an IT professional based in Cape Town. Besides
working in the Administrative Computing Services of UCT I am also
doing a part-time honours degree in Information Science at UCT.
I am still "checking out" this list, to establish whether I wish to
remain subscribed in the medium term. So far I have only been
subscribed for one day, and there hasn't been much to comment on!
With regard to the discussion on foreign aid (on which I have only
seen the above article by Clement) I don't think one should make
blanket pronouncements on foreign aid, ie "all good" / "all bad".
One can distinguish different types of foreign aid - that to corrupt
African elites and governments, that which is directed to the
masses or people, that which is directed to non-governmental
organisations, political parties, development groups, to
dictatorships or democratic governments. There is aid which is given
to benefit the donor rather than the recipient. There is aid which
is geared towards making the recipient self-relient and aid which
does the reverse.
Therefore the nature of the Aid needs to be examined carefully in
each case. In addition to the IMPACT identified by Clement, I think
the accountability of the recipients of aid to "the masses" (the
people the aid is ultimately supposed to benefit) is important. The
communities for whom aid is directed should be determining their own
development needs rather than the donor or the local elite.