On Mon, 5 Feb 1996, Dr Eberhard W Lisse wrote:
> At 7:25 AM 3/2/96, >Shem Ochuodho wrote:
> >I am aware of more than half-a-dozen proposals that seek to bring connectivity
> >to Africa. I don't think what Africa NEEDS are more proposals. What it needs is
> >somebody to FINANCE and IMPLEMENT those or one of those proposals - and SOON!!!
> I must disagree.
> It is not the monay is lacking. You really want donor funds you can get them.
> I don't think this is the point. I still maintain that none of these proposals a
> going to solve the problem. They will pump millions into African capitals so
> that the few affluent technocrats in the capitals will have a new toy and once
> the funding runs out these things wil go the way of the ICU in Ile-Ife.
> Or as my wife said the other day when we discussed this: "What's the problem?
> once the money is gone, we just get on the knees again and beg for the mone
> somewhere elese."
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I agree with your " I must disagree"
What Africa needs is a real sustainable development. We should accept
fundings only for those projects that benefit the majority of our people.
They should be self-sustaining in longrun. This will enable us to become
less finacially dependent in the future.
However, Africa is not an island as far as technological development is
concerned. Therefore, proposals for new technology would be welcome as
long as they rank among the priorities for the people and not for a few
technocrats educated thanks to their population's 'sweat'.