Where we DO Something Constructive about Poverty in Africa !!!
The Real Reasons for Sub Saharan Africa's Poor Economic Development.
Why Are Africans so Poor? by Pieter D. Rossouw
A Worthwhile read on African Poverty
Provided by the recently published digital book Why are Africans so Poor? available at Amazon.com.
Pieter D. Rossouw, the author writes;
At the 2014 United Nations review conference, it was reported that the number of abject poverty people in Sub Saharan Africa are increasing while the various Asian regions, are rapidly reducing their impoverished populations. Compare the following two reports. 2014 MD goals Sub Saharan Africa Report and Asia All Report.
Many authors have taken up the challenge to try to explain why most of decolonized Africa and her Leaders appear incapable of leading their countries and people to live in peace and generate economic well-being for their commoners. Some of them even propose actions to overcome African Poverty. Most of these, like for example Prof Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University and the UN, try to apply Macro Economic models from the Western World to Africa, in a typical English speaking American or British Culturally Imperialist manner, moderated by a bit of charity. None of these proposals and actions worked in practice so far. Despite mountains of cash being funneled into Sub Saharan Africa via Aid and Grant programs, the number of people living in abject poverty in Africa continues to increase! These projects did not work because they failed to respect African Culture by taking it into practical consideration.
I wrote this book after seven years of research, looking for the real practical reasons for Africa's increasing poverty and how it can be overcome. I ask readers to please not consider it an Academic Treatise or a book by a Professional Author. I am simply a practical retired ex-Marketing man who tried to explore the issue in basic practical terms so that it could be accessible to all. My Introduction explains my basic thinking, background, and why I took on this project.
My biggest fear is that superficial readers and reviewers will not read it with an open mind and simply jump to the conclusion to stereotype it as Racist Cultural Imperialism. This was certainly not my intention with this book. However, this book does ask readers to temporarily place their currently held opinions on the back burner, while intellectually exploring some alternative thought patterns before accepting or rejecting them for considered factual reasons. In short, readers are asked to follow the example of the people who made the Renaissance, Reformation and Enlightenment possible.
This book analyses the cultural ingredients that developed into the modern £$€ lifecultured societies. It proposes that; Christianity, Judaism, The Bible in Latin, The Renaissance, The Reformation, The Enlightenment, The Agricultural Revolution, The Industrial Revolution and presently the Knowledge Revolution are keys to the lifecultural development of these societies. All these keys drove the people of the £$€ lifecultured societies to intellectually explore, extract and accept the good from newly proposed think patterns, compared to their traditional thinking, and adopt them into their lifecultures. In this manner displacing the excessively constricting belief and loyalty systems carried over from antiquity through the Dark Ages to the start of the Renaissance. Systems that originally placed God and Kings or Traditional Leaders on almost impregnable pedestals that had to be feared and respected beyond logical reason. These mind revolutions opened the intellectual doors that enabled commoners to grow to prosperity on personal merit as we see in practice today.
Due to the easier survival environment, African cultures in turn seems not to have developed similar mind revolutions, and from this the resulting empowerment of their commoners. The Ancestral Spirits, Kings and Leaders are still seen to be feared and respected above any logical understanding, reproach or questioning. The sharing element of Ubuntu seems not to have motivated the many African common people of intellectual merit, to fully use their capacities to their own benefit. Conversely Ubuntu also appears to have motivated many "lazy bum" tribe members to demand their share of any benefits found or generated, simply because they feel entitled. African leaders still seem to live on impregnable pedestals. "Why are Africans so Poor?" analyses the roles of some of the facets of Ubuntu and traditional leadership in African poverty. It then proposes a variety of mechanisms to overcome the fundamental hold back factors, without destroying the key positive elements of the true Ubuntu culture. In short, it recognizes that past President Thabo Mbeki was right to pursue an African renaissance.
To get a quick overview of the Introduction and the first two and a half chapters. Go to the book on Amazon.com "Look inside". Amazon estimates that published normally, this book will come to about 300 pages including more than 500 hyperlink-ed references and about 50 pages of Addenda. So it is not a long winded read.
This book will only be made available in digital format as I want my readers to have instant access to the hyperlink-ed data I based my analysis on.
Pieter D. Rossouw
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