Hmmm so I have been watching TV and eating a lot this four day weekend. I am not Muslim, neither have I been to any Sallah events, but my in laws know good food.
I was wacthing a documentary on Al Jazeera which documented some corruption in the aid sector in Ghana. Food that was provided as aid by multilateral organisations to feed the hungry and undernourished was being sold by the custodians of the food- member of the charities who were supposed to distribute them to the needy.
I am well aware that this happens a lot in Nigeria. My mom worked for a European NGO and the level of frustration she encountered then was amazing. I remember one time they were trying to build a cold room for vaccine storage in Lagos – the Nigerian in charge of the local government area insisted that they would be allocated the land space if they allowed him to use half of it as an ice block factory.
I keep asking myself the question over and over again whether Africa truly needs aid? Does aid make us complacent? Do we not have enough resources to cater to our population? And does the West’s provision of aid not result in over-reliance? Does the case of teaching the man how to fish as opposed to giving him fish apply here?
If you have read this blog for a while, you should have an idea of my stance of this. I want to know what you think please. Kindly share your thoughts on Africa and aid…
That giveaway is still HERE
Bee – thanks for the suggestion – well taken.