Sunday, September 26, 2010
Western vs Eastern Perspectives on Africa's Development
The only colony created by the United States was Liberia created to accept emigration of free black slaves. This colonisation attempt was against the will of the native people.
While the French colonies represented a more significant surface area occupied, it was the British colonies that hosted the largest populations.
Western strategy is aid-based development assistance, focusing on issues such as health, education, poverty reduction and, more recently, good governance
- Asia reduces the costs associated with logistical inefficiency and of transporting raw materials from their source to harbors for export
In her report, Fiona Dwinger also addresses the Western concerns (in particular from the USA about China's investments in Africa) of the Chinese non-interference policy. "The United Sates, for example, argues that by investing in or giving aid to (Western labelled) pariahs such as Zimbabwe or Sudan, the Chinese Government is directly influencing the ability of these despotic regimes to hold onto power... The United States’ argument is rather contradictory considering that by investing in China, American businesses are also supporting a state with a questionable human rights record."