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A Poverty Of Government

Or: What can we do to really help Africa

The compassion business

Africa is not simply a continent of war, disease and catastrophe – it is also a continent rich in both resources and culture. We offer seemingly endless development aid, but the sad reality is that this type of assistance destroys the most important mechanism that could put an end to poverty in the long term: the development of capable, incorruptible state administrations, which serve the interests of the population. As long as unprincipled, unscrupulous, exploitative elites continue to govern Africa irresponsibly, blithely squandering resources because there is no retribution for such abuse, there is no end in sight.

Volker Seitz, who spent seventeen years in the diplomatic service in Africa, states the case for putting an end to this type of ultimately damaging international support, and taking an entirely new direction.

220 pages, ISBN 978-3-423-24735-1
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Portrait des Autors Volker Seitz

Volker Seitz

Volker Seitz was born in 1943. From 1965 until 2008 he worked for the Foreign Office in a series of different functions. From 2004 up to his retirement in 2008, he was German Ambassador to many African states, based in Yaoundé, Camaroon.

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