The problem area that I am going to focus on in my paper is aid to Africa. The area that I want to focus on looks at whether there is a problem with how the international community (primarily developed countries) is helping Africa. Is the amount of aid counties are sending to Africa enough or is it too much? Are the avenues that they are using (through governments and NGOs) the best way to reach the people who need the aid? And is monetary aid the solution to the poverty issue in Africa or is it something else?
Prevailing thinking says that aid is needed in Africa and as much as we can get there. African governments are not trusted as much to get the aid to the people so more organizations and developed country governments are using NGOs more and more to get the aid to the people. Monetary aid is also preferred as those providing aid have been convinced that they are getting more “bang for their buck” if they send money and the money is used to buy what the people need at a cheaper price.
But even those who attempt to purchase or create opportunity in Africa run into the roadblock of time which is the mere fact that it literally take up to 300times for something to go through legal procedures in Africa than in the developed world. Sadly, the infrastructure to handle aid and a lot of the poverty alleviation projects just does not exist.
There is some research that is countering the idea that monetary aid should be sent at all! In fact, some believe that introducing more technology aid to people will be more likely to create more innovation, more jobs, and a better educated society. My high-school guidance counselor, Steve Peifer, believed this thought and started a computer center in a below par secondary education program to help children in those areas learn.
Skip video to 7:35 and end it at 8:22
While monetary aid can only last for a certain amount of time until it is used up, technology and the knowledge it can bring is something that cannot be taken away from someone and, especially in this world that relies so heavily on technology, is worth its weight in gold!