Finally, a new TV show exists to highlight some of the absurdities of the international aid sector. The slyly named The Samaritans is a comedy about the perils – and pleasures – of the “NGO world”. Created by a Kenya-based production company, it chronicles the work of Aid for Aid – an NGO that, in the words of its creator, “does nothing”
As a Tanzanian, I agree with many of your observations.True development isn’t about buildings that make a country look Westernized. True development is when the people’s needs are met and there are opportunities from people from different standards of life to improve their well-being. I think the Chinese play an important role by building hospitals, schools, and roads. They are basically doing what Japan did for them if you read about their history in Dambisa Moyo’s book called, “Winner Take All.” The thing is that when Tanzanians or Africans receive help they sometimes allow it to cripple them and stop doing anything to better themselves. They stop relying on themselves and fall into the trap of dependency that causes a lot of social problems when local leaders ignore their citizens and obey orders from leaders of other countries with strong economies. We should train Africans abroad and at home to be responsible and futuristic. Without those two in mind, we will be selfish and not care about the future of our countries even if we can improve it. We need to re-cultivate our pride and go out and build our countries by creating jobs and more.