The Insanity of Africa
BY DAVID GLENWINKEL
Thousands of charities have poured trillions of dollars in aid into Africa over the last fifty years for a huge number of projects that range from caring for orphans to feeding the hungry and providing education, clean drinking water, medical care, and more to the impoverished African people.
These investments are made with the best of intentions by millions of government, corporate, and individual donors who want nothing more than to help their fellow humans. This massive and ongoing investment is not only failing to address the Africans' real needs, it is also making the problem worse by creating a vicious cycle of helplessness and dependency that requires more and more resources to address. Far from helping, the aid programs over the last half-century have become a growth industry that is actually increasing corruption and suffering while treating the Africans as simpletons who cannot solve their own problems or address their own needs.
Saving Africa from the problems caused by slavery, colonialism, and decades of misapplied "aid" will require a completely new approach, one that recognizes the Africans' legacy and ability to solve their own problems and which recognizes that Africa is by any measure the wealthiest continent on Earth.