Skip to main content

Poverty issue in Africa: An issue of Leadership

  Africa is the poorest continent in the world especially the sub-Sahara in term of standard of living. Paradoxically it is the richest continent in the world in terms of raw materials. Africa has great potentials. The human capital, the tropical weather, the bio-diversity, the cultures etc… The list cannot be exhaustive. But these can be the drive to a true development only if there is a true vision. The management of these potential requires a true Leadership.
What does this means? Making people’s life better, improving their standard of living. In this twenty first century of technology and globalization, the vast majority of people live with less than one dollars a day. And worse some go to bed without food. Paradoxically billions of dollars are spent every year through developing programs in order to reduce poverty but still, most of the people are poor. Poverty has become even endemic. So where is the money gone to? What is the use of these programs? How will the people overcome such a threatening issue? 
The adjustment policies implemented by the Breton woods institution in the 90’s failed to make people’s life better. NEPAD (New partnership for African development), but since the launch of this program, it has been a decade, still no major change. The new millennium goal is another program to make a substantial change in people’s life, but we have not seen any major change since the launch of such objective
Resolving poverty issue in Africa is more a question of programs or initiative. Are there people with enough who would like to make real change to people’s lives? The answer is yes. But do they have free hands to achieve their goals. In fact, this analysis raised another issue. Everybody know a little about a man who wanted to make things new in his country. Thomas was one of these leaders who have made a deep print in the world history and in their people’s mind. In fact, he was a man with vision for his country. This is such a leader Africa needs now. Leaders with true vision and new development ideas adapted to African environment, history and culture.

Africa does not lack such leader. But they are just not given the opportunity to act. Then what is the blockage? Neocolonialism, is a major obstacle to African development. If Africa does not unchain the ties with the western countries its development will still be linked to Europe’s. Africa has to free itself from economic ties with western countries. How? By making an efficient use of its resources. Africa has great potential. What it needs is brilliant and courageous minds to make good use of these potentials.


Popular posts from this blog

Agriculture: A business response to economic growth in the sub-Sahara. Part 1

Some of the major issues that the Africa sub-Saharan is expected to face is in the years  ahead are food issue, the population growth, exponential increase in the unemployment  rate etc.... All are inextricably linked. One is the cause of another and so on. 
Some 795 million people in the world and especially in the Sub-Sahara do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That's about one in nine people on earth.Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest prevalence (percentage of population) of hunger. One person in four there is undernourished.( Source World Food Program)
There is the paradox: Africa continent has  is huge surface favorable for agriculture and a good weather, but only a few percentage is used for agriculture and most a huge amount of food crops is for export, while most of its people die every day of hunger especially in the corn and in the sub-sahara.
Who is to blame for this issue? Governments? The policy makers? Farmers? Or the nature?
The population…

The youth and the employment situation in Togo.

Since 1993, when Togo got into the democracy process, the economic and the social
conditions were affected by the political crisis that emerged from the lack of democracy
and respect of human rights by the Togolese authorities. The young people
unemployment is one of the major problems that the country is facing. They seem left to
themselves. Most of them who are University graduates have to ride Taxi Motorcycles
Called “ZEMIDJAN” (in the local language) to survive. What are the causes of the
problem? And how can they be tackled? These are few questions we shall try to answer
in this small article.

The causes of young people unemployment in Togo.

Six major causes can be highlighted. These are:

This a major cause that is blocking the government to create more jobs for the young people. The financial resources allocated to cope with unemployment are misused. They are used for personal expenses.

2-Lack of efficient employment policy.
Since Togo got into democracy process, the country got…