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Aid to Africa — just a lottery?

August 24, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

French Secretary of State for Cooperation Alain Joyandet is floating the idea of an on-line lottery to raise aid for Africa.
 
The plan is pretty modest – the aim is to raise around 10 million euros a year for projects such as boosting school access to girls in Africa.

Critics are already writing it off as an empty gesture, particularly as Africa is suffering from billion-dollar aid shortfalls as recession hits rich donor countries.

To put it in perspective, the World Food Programme said last month it had received just $3.7 billion of the $6.7 billion it needs this year — a shortfall that would take 300 years of such lottery takings to plug.

Some dismiss the plan as yet another PR gimmick intended to gloss over years of exploitation of the continent by rich world.

Others wonder whether it is really in the best of taste to link aid to the world’s poor with a game of chance.

“Yet again, it is really shows a lack of respect for Africa,” a contributor by the name of Aboubacar wrote on Joyandet’s blog.

Joyandet counters that this is an example of the “innovative funding” needed to raise awareness off Africa’s plight among a media-overloaded public.

The idea in itself is not new — the United Nations and others have toyed with the idea in the past.

There have even been suggestions that you could “piggy-back” well-established national lottery systems with games whose revenues would then target specific issues — a scratch card lottery for AIDS orphans, for example.

It is sensitive ground. But could they ultimately capture the public imagination in the same way that the Live Aid concerts launched in 1985 did?

Comments

Plain silly and ridiculous. We have an enormously rich Continent which needs a proper Architecture. Thats it.Gimmicks like this do no one any favours least of all Africans. It trivialises and demeans.Aly-Khan Satchuwww.rich.co.keTwitter alykhansatchu

 

Firstly Africa isn’t poor, it’s poorly managed. Giving aid money is useless as poverty isn’t the problem.Secondly donor nations are not rich. Most of the people living in them struggle to get by.The only reason they don’t starve like many in Africa is that they don’t have seven kids, only one or two, hence the falling population rate.It would be nice to see some critical thought applied, and the hard questions posed to the lottery organiser: why does he think more money will help after 30 years of donations have failed to make the continent self-sufficient?

Posted by Mary Smith | Report as abusive
 

The only genuine aid that can be offered to the entire continent of Africa is investment and not hand outs. Any one willing to enter such a lottery would rather consider investing in Africa.I am sure that millions out there would take any risk to invest in Africa knowing their investment will be put in use to better the lives of many who would otherwise perish.If any one is genuine about a changed, developed Africa, let’s talk investments! Any other talk is just same old hand out! Feeding a man/woman forever is teaching em’ how to fish!!!! I look forward to the day when we as Africans will take steps top manage our enormously rich continent, with an intention for a better place for all and not for just oneself. Till then, there will be always someone looking to gain from your miserly.

Posted by Muiruri | Report as abusive
 

Even though i am sleeping mood,my inner urge has made me to write few sentences on this subject.Many developed and many developing nations through world agencies had given quite considerable aids to these African Nations.What happened?Results are not encouraging.Because of huge corruptions,inner conflicts between themselves and some ethnic,religious conflicts had arisen by number of timesMany African overseas are in very better positions in films,dance,singing,and sports fields.These new rich Africans can spend their extra wealth to their own countries.As a humanist point of view,some real rich nations can give aids by some methods by lottery and like that to these created situations-feelings scenes for their betterment.

 

The only genuine aid that can be offered to the Lottery Guide entire continent of Africa is investment and not hand outs. Any one willing to enter such a lottery would rather consider investing in Africa.

 

Frankly, the same NGO’s that claim to be Africa aid donnors are the same ones the use donnor funds to benefit themselves. An Average salary for an expert working for these NGO’s gets paid probably 10 times more than they would make in there country of origin. So if there paying all the funds to themselves, then where is the aid to Africa?

Posted by Joseph Mutobo | Report as abusive
 

It is really a pity, a continent full of resources and capacity that is not properly tapped is being treated in such a humiliating and insulting way. Will it not be better and to act as if trying to help the continent

 

The subject of Aid to Africa is complex, as the previous comments show. Instead of creating new gimmicks and types of aid, shouldn’t donors begin by fulfilling promises made earlier that have never been fully fulfilled, if at all?Certainly, part of the solution can only be found within a combination of self-reliance, better governance, and bilateral and multilateral cooperation. However, it all starts with health and education, which are always spoken about in solemn terms but for which, real solutions and cooperation rarely occur in a truly sustainable manner.It will take decades to bring Africa to an acceptable level, especially when even donor nations are struggling with their own systems…

Posted by Jean-Louis | Report as abusive
 

Agree strongly with Muiruri at “Feeding a man/woman forever is teaching em’ how to fish!!!! I look forward to the day when we as Africans will take steps top manage our enormously rich continent, with an intention for a better place for all and not for just oneself.”Something that puts things really intro perspective and underlines the point above can be derived from http://www.youintheworld.info/There's really all the elements in place but the equation just seems hard to pull off. Didn’t einstein say Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I believe it’s about time the developed countries also realize that.Best.Mike

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