Better way to help African poor (letter)by Gabrielle WalshNews Weekly
, August 13, 2005
Thank you, Colin Teese, for the informative article (News Weekly
, July 30, 2005) on world poverty, set against a backdrop of economic and political history of several nations.
However, in relation to poverty in Africa, I believe that it is unworkable to define strategies to bring African nations as players into the field of global economics.
The poverty in parts of Africa is at levels of profound deprivation and what is needed is a community-based response, side-stepping corrupt or greedy governments, with the aim of working towards building sustainable communities based on a subsistence model.
Project by project, community by community, is the way the West can assist the poor in Africa to gain and maintain quality of life.
Not all models for living need to be based on the global economy and export-import trade. But all peoples of the world seek clean water, food, shelter and community.
We could each ask ourselves what we are doing as individuals to address poverty in Africa.Gabrielle Walsh,