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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #286 - Echoes from Africa: The aid in question (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sat, 6 Oct 2018 09:29:41 +0300

If the intention is good (and much preferable to mass tourism, indifferent, harmful and invasive), and if punctual advances are made in a particular village or district, the aid thus provided has harmful effects, and 'inscribed in a system which remains of colonial form. ---- Moreover, the colonial hell has been paved with good intentions humanists, who accompanied him and gave popular colonial adventure of the XIX th and XX th centuries. The influx of aid into poor countries creates a system of dependence and depreciation. Residents of assisted countries are thus more likely to ask and wait for help rather than self-organization, or to pressure their governments. ---- How to believe in our abilities, as a people, when for generations, all public goods (roads, markets, schools, dispensaries, wells, etc.) were brought to us by foreigners ? And when our political or traditional powers bow to the foreign representatives hoping to pick a few crumbs of their wealth ?

The hand that gives is always above that which receives. And it is the most difficult to accept, when we want to act for a world of equality, and that we find ourselves in a situation archidominante, and especially privileged. Because compared to the " beneficiaries " of our help, we fall under the privileges, starting with that of being able to travel freely at home, and even to intend to go to help them ! In addition to the difficulty of finding a " right " posture in aid, neither paternalistic nor ethnocentric, the problem is also the lack of political reading of the situation.

But the situation of current inequality results largely from the colonial policy of yesterday and today ; and " development " is also a political issue ! The peoples were organized before colonization ; they could still manage in their own way their public goods and services, their food, their health, their education, their resources, etc.

This would require political change, not just technical or material assistance. But this transformation can only take place with a change in mentalities, and in particular a (re) confidence of peoples in their ability to organize, without the help of so-called developed countries. And it is precisely this trust that is undermined by the influx of aid from countries that still benefit from the colonial system.

Christmas Surge (AL Carcasonne)

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