I know that with the current focus on Burma, Africa isnt getting the attention it deserves, but here are some facts we (norway) give 60 billion dollars a year in emergency and development aid to the African continent, not to bad considering we only have 4 million inhabitants. This sum is given every year.
Compare this annual expense with the total contribution we made to the marchall plan efter world war II a total of 375 million dollars, a mere pittns compared to the annual contribution to Africa.
In fact the total amount spent on WWII recovery totaled a little over 12 billion. Still å pittance compared to what only my tiny nation donates to africa each year.
I know some would argue that you cant compare money between now and then but even if you take the historic valuation into account we still donate more each year than what we gave to the marchall plan.
Dont get me wrong Norway is stinking rich so to us it doesnt make much difference, we have a investment fund wort over 3000 billion dollars, the largest in the world i think so our donation isnt something that really affects us.
Now our neighboring countries along with donors around the world have also donated their billions upon billions and we have actually been doing this for over 30 years.
Still the African continent is a complete quagmire.
People in Norway are starting to ask “what is the point of all this aid if the situation on the ground for ordinary people dont change?” lately there has been special attention on the Zimbabwe debacle, Robert mugabe Zimbabwe’s leader since independence, i think some 30 years ago, has totally destroyed this once prosperous country and reduced it to a poverty stricken pool of poverty and suffering.
For those of you who haven’t paid attention to zim you can read some current news here.
Now in norway the focus havent really been on the despotic cleptocrasy of robert mugabe but how his neighbours support him? one suggestion floated yesterday suggested suspending all aid to the entire continent until the zim issue is resolved.
When i first herd this i was initially appalled! this would punish innocent people as a result of national leaders supporting mugabe. after a while though i thought this might actually make more difference then what we do now, the african populace is suffering already and they will continue to do so until good governance becomes part of african political culture.
I now support complete suspension of all aid including emergency aid until Zimbabwes neighbor’s agree to address the zimbabwe issue.
the world championship in South africa 2010 will probably be boycotted by Norway as a further token of our disgust at their refusal to assist their neighbor
I know many will die and suffer but we have tried giving money and assistance and it didnt make any difference at all so we have to try something different, i say lets cut off all support and refuse to deal with them and any neighbor not condemning these grouse human rights violations until they adopt a more population friendly approach
What do you guys think?