One of the "myths" that continues to circulate is that all foreign aid projects (i.e. USAID) throw equipment at Africa without developing local resources. While that may have been the case in the past, my experience has been that there is a marked swing in the other direction. While the various solutions may not be ideal, I believe that many agencies have become very sensitive to the issue, and are beginning to understand the real need.
Bill Lester [AVSC]
>>> "Watermeyer, Henry" <[log in to unmask]> 11/03 8:31 AM >>>
...This is one of the reasons why I get very abrasive about foreign aid
projects that supply equipment without developing local skills to
use, maintain and enhance that equipment. Africa is then categorised
as a lost cause third world region where everthing that is provided for
them just gets broken and to which handouts must be given like coins
to beggers in the street.
Failure to change this approach and attitude will be catastrophic for
Africa and be very bad for the world economy including that of the USA....