On January 18, 1908, Winston Churchill confessed to the National Liberal Club,
The system of comparative advantage has condemned the continent to the production of low value commodity exports. In the process, Sub-Saharan Africa has been excluded from industrialization which is essential in combating poverty and its negative offshoots. Development programmes since the 1950s have largely bypassed the poorest and the most needy Africans.
The new wave of democratization has yet to deliver on transparency, accountability, broad participation, empowerment especially of women and political stability and security. Meanwhile, corruption, greed, nepotism and inequality have gained momentum. What must be done?
The African leadership must rethink the development policies, strategies and programmes, in collaboration with the African people, who know their economic and social development needs best. These efforts should be supported, not initiated, by the international community. The leadership must also strive to create an enabling political environment essential for equitable, sustained and sustainable development. The removal of economic and politicsal obstacles should enable African countries to develop their vast potential and the African people to escape from poverty.
Publisher: Eric Kashambuzi; Pub. Date: 2003; Format: Paperback, 147pp