n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - NEPAD en die stryd teen armoede in Afrika : beloftes en leemtes

Volume 44, Issue 2_3
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


Africa's economy is growing and electoral democracy is becoming increasingly established. At the same time, however, economic progress is skewed towards the elites and is concentrated in enclave or urban projects. Mass voters only count at election time. President Mbeki's NEPAD initiative is welcome but its "peer reviews" are likely to be strategically manipulated by state bureaucracies. The jargon and ideological abstractions of leaders leave the uncomprehending masses alienated, morally adrift and opportunistic. World governments concerned with Africa's plight must direct their aid not through governments but to local projects that train and guide the poor to become self-reliant within community organisations that will counterbalance the influence of elites. The need is also to facilitate the spiritual renewal of the populations to create new sources of independent moral authority to challenge the opportunism of elites.

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