It is a fact that Africa was carved up, ruled and exploited by colonial powers for centuries. However, even though I reject some of his prescriptions from the Western perspective, I can't say that he's wrong from the African perspective. More than anything else, the west's generous farm subsidies bring the price of goods so low that African producers either cannot compete or have to sell their own goods at a loss. Mugyenyi notes that the big pharmaceutical companies prized profits over lives. Individuals are treated badly because they are members of particular groups. He then returned to London to run The Economist's business coverage. Read with a grain of salt.
Guest seems to think that capitalism is a must, that globalization and free trade are entirely positive, and that success must be I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. So, too, would freehold land ownership. Little of these support funds found their way into critical infrastructure or economic development. In this magnificent and engaging book, Robert Guest provides an invigorating history and an inspired commentary on the enigma of modern Africa and this paperback edition includes a new chapter. Korea, Taiwan, and Asian tiger states are offered by Guest as prominent examples.
Aid and money from diamonds was used to finance infrastructure, education and health. Bad roads thus doubly impoverish the peoples of the interiors of poor nations. I say this to prove that we know, in some senses even more deeply than Guest, what Africa is like, how the people think and live, and we have often grappled with the question of why Africa is poor. Robert Guest does not totally disagree with the claim that colonialism did much harm; instead he argues that that the current crop of leaders, citing Mugabe and Muammar Gaddafi, have done far more harm than what the colonialists did. Guest is emphatic in his opinions which mirror the so-called journalists of News Corp with their sloppy research and one-dimensional statements and opinions as if they are gospel and therefore cannot be challenged. Using reportage, first hand experience and economic insight, Robert Guest takes us to the roots of the problems. From the minefields of Angola to the barren wheat fields of Zimbabwe, Guest gathers startling evidence of the misery African leaders have inflicted on their people.
Keep in mind that it was published originally in 2004, the paperback came out in 2005, so several of the facts are a bit old. » In fact, all the external factors mentioned so far can be successfully overcome if the people in power were not corrupt. Lack of reliable infrastructure, suppliers, utilities - or even physical safety - are added to lack of rule of law enforcement of contract and property rights - to make doing business in Africa an activity that requires courage and endurance. It takes great ingenuity and considerable courage to do business under such circumstances. Using reportage, first hand experience and economic insight, Robert Guest takes us to the roots of the problems. Since bottled beverages like beer and Coca Cola are the only safe liquids to drink in these areas, this is no minor matter.
The large-scale slave trade by European slavers during the 18th and 19th century ended over a century and a half ago and provides no excuse for current conditions in Africa. Ever heard of the , Guest? The overall thesis of the book is that the main reason why African countries are poor is because of bad governance in the many levels of government and it's affiliated organisations. However a more balanced and less emotional review. Many African countries suffer from predatory politics, as unfortunately politics are seen to be the most attractive method of gaining wealth and retaining power. Above all, there is no culture of trustworthiness, so business must rely on a family circle and must conduct transactions with others in cash.
He also prevented a blood bath, the abandonment of South Africa by whites, and the economic collapse that many expected. There is nothing wrong with the Nigerian land or climate or water or air or anything else. It's not a book with a happy ending, alas. A continent rich with its history, people, languages and complex with its colonial past, the Atlantic slave trade, and post-colonial challenges reduced to a single descriptive word: shackled. Guest does note that it was a stupid question and that he probably asked it because he had house prices on his mind — he was trying to buy property in London that month.
That artificial European transplant - with its artificial borders - lacks indigenous legitimacy. But he finds elusive success stories and examples of the resilience and resourcefulness of individual Africans, too; from these, he draws hope that the continent will eventually prosper. Guest offers choices both commonsense and controversial for Africans and for those in the West who wish Africa well. On the other hand, many of his criticisms have huge blindspots. The Nigerian problem is the unwillingness or inability of its leaders to rise to the responsibility, of the challenge of personal example which are the hallmarks of true leadership.
The question becomes, what makes Africa different? Let the Africans listen to criticism and learn so as to move forward. And a little rant about how great genetically-modified crops are, which is totally out of place in this book! Good and engaging but frustratingly shallow and patronizing analysis. It accounts for the hard economic situation in African and how to make it better « Africa- is in a bad way and this book is my attempt to explain why. Using reportage, first-hand experience and economic insight, Robert Guest takes us to the roots of the problems. Nevertheless, the democratically elected government is making real progress in spreading the availability of such infrastructure basics as electricity and piped water, and has provided for the construction of millions of neat little brick homes for its black constituents. The reader can learn much from this lively and outspoken book' Anthony Sampson, Guardian.
Foreign assistance needs to be given to stable counties that have sensible and sustainable economic policies. Modern weapons - land mines and automatic guns and helicopter gunships - kill and maim hundreds of thousands and keep despots in power. I suffer From the aid Generous or disguised From the pity Feigned or sincere From the arrogance Malicious or mocking I suffer From the look That discriminates against me From chartered flights That turn me away I suffer from being a dumping ground From eating leftovers From wearing rags From thinking the thoughts Of Others I suffer And I am not proud Of my powerlessness sigh I wish I could like this book. It takes 17,500 blue U. I'd actually urge those interested in Africa to start here to get a quick sense of the big picture context and then venture to Meredith Martin's Fate of Africa for all of the gory details. I have never been poor or oppressed, and I grew up in a country where African-style poverty has been unknown for generations.