Monday, July 16, 2007

Link: Stop Trying To 'Save' Africa

Every time a well-meaning college student speaks of villagers dancing because they were so grateful for her help, I cringe. Every time a Hollywood director shoots a film about Africa that features a Western protagonist, I shake my head -- because Africans, real people though we may be, are used as props in the West's fantasy of itself.

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Anonymous Deidre ~ 2:30 PM

I read this too and I do wonder about how much good we have actually done in Africa. I don't know about Canada but in the States there seems to be this idea that we have to save the world from itself and we do this by overlaying our ideas and beliefs onto their existing structure. It hasn't worked so far, I doubt it will work in the future. I think in some ways, microfinance is the best way to "save" these countries and help them grow.  

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