Why this site was set up

Main points-

I helped Africans in the 1990s/2000s but little progress was made. My experiences made me cynical at the time but were also a learning curve. I tried to donate computers particularly to schools and running camps but was only semi-successful. There is an expectation that the machines are always available and that they are gifts as opposed to investments.

African corruption continues.

Africans are getting richer, in terms of buying power and links to the West. This shows also in terms of their taste for personal electronics like mobile phones –affordable and productive.

African economies are fraught -by bad logistics, corruption, low educational standards, and low foreign direct investment.

The chief behavioural components of this are-

Ironically, if Africans had suffered more, then this reactive attitude would exist and be met by a precise attitude to survival skills, eg work ethic, and the need to educate and adopt useful and saleable skill sets.

THEREFORE –the need is there, but the desire is missing. Chinese expertise needs to be replaced by local labour which ‘takes’ the inspiration –work ethic, knowledge –and internally transplants it back into the African people. It is this mindset which will empower Africans natively. But heretofore they have been alienated from those Western-derived values.

1 HISTORY Basic living

2 STRUCTURE Huge land mass, fraught logistics

3 SOCIETY Ethnic infighting, awareness of Western money leading to cultural corruption, bad organisation, inefficiency

4 BEHAVIOUR Lack of vision, low educational standards

5 INFRASTRUCURE Low vision leads to bad/inexistent systems, eg electricity/Internet

6 ECONOMY/TRADE Low historic foreign direct investment

We see then that various successful countries have varying combinations of these properties-

Country Use of key components Key areas
Finland 1,4,5 Forestry
South Korea 3,4,6

Geographic location

5 year plans

Export-led growth

Brazil 2,6 Agriculture, eg soybeans
India 1,2,4,6 Technology focus
China 1,2,3,4,5,6

Foreign direct investment

Government planning