The reason why so many countries in Africa are poor has little to do with the West, and especially Capitalism. For the most part Africa was even poorer before European Imperialism. The reason Africa is poor is because of corrupt and overbearing local governments that restrict economic freedom and the productive value it brings. This is in large part is do to local and political culture. The African countries that have done the best are the countries with the freest markets and are able to protect and respect peoples Life, Liberty, and Property. Botswana is a shining example which is ironically next to Zimbabwe a country endemic of all the things wrong with governance in many African countries. Botswana has had Free Market Capitalism with strong protection of individual liberties especially property. Since it's founding and has gone from a piss poor Desert Country the UK thought was worthless to becoming today one of Africa's wealthiest and dynamic economies. Zimbabwe a fertile resource rich country has seen oppressive corrupt government institutions with flagrant violation of human rights especially property rights. Much of it under the call of Socialism and Today is one of Africa's poorest countries. In Botswana they have a serious problem with Zimbabwean illegal immigrants.
That's the problem though, what do we do when the other animals begin starving? Do we kill some Lions, do we leave the issue and hope it regulates itself? We live in a much more complicated eco-system than a million years ago, and the needs of man are much more developed and complex than that of predator and pray. Irresponsible capitalists would have you believe that the solution to the issue of poverty is throwing money at the problem, irrationalists would say a cull of the herd would do just as well.
Through actual relief efforts, prevention of exploitation of labour by TNCs and/or MEDCs and providing the knowledge, education and means for a nation to sustain itself, stability will sky rocket, and then you will see a country thrive. Education of females is also an important issue, to prevent the spread of STI's, HIV/AIDS being a disease which is commonly spread through sexual interaction in poverty stricken nations across the African continent. Rather than just sponsoring a charity or random relief effort, sending aid packages, Governments can actually invest in sustainable solutions, like farming committees for example, which teach local farmers how to maximise the yield of their crops so that they can move on from being sustainance farmers and actually earn a living.
We already have the World's greatest and most fantastic militaries conducting operations to secure our Nations' interests and international shipping, and if the focus of these shipping routes change, and patrols became more general purpose, pirates wouldn't be a problem for much longer. Hell, people wouldn't need to raid ships anymore, even fewer would want to with the USS Arleigh Burke breathing down their necks.
World Bank loans don't work, because banks are businesses, not charities. Even so, the World Bank has already struck off debts that developing countries owe, examples including Uganda and Kenya. Once a country's stability is secured, a proper Democratic government can be installed, which in turn, means corruption is less widespread and the distribution of wealth can be more evenly managed between various sectors.
This is called responsible capitalism, the wet dream of every well-meaning westerner. It is also a complete fabrication and more or less unobtainable with the current democratic systems we have in place throughout the world powers. I could go on about all the wonderful ideas people have had that may well do great things for countries in dire need of development, but I'd be wasting my breath. I'm sat here on an eight hundred pound PC in a three bedroom, two story house that costs over thirty thousand a year in rent, in one of the richest nations on earth. You think I give a shit about Mbantuwe in Kenya, who's being held back from an education because his family can't afford to feed their family of five, pay the lot rent and put him through school? Am I all that concerned about Salim, who lost his entire family and both of his legs when a FRAG-HE round fired from a Syrian D-30 hit the market they were walking through? The short answer is no, because the stories of these people mean nothing to me and will likely never affect me.
However I do have a conscience, and the ability to reason. These combined mean that I recognize that my current situation is not morally right, that I get to live like what would be considered a celebrity to many impoverished people across the world, and they sit in rusting shacks, sharing a single room in which they eat, sleep, cook and wash. I carry these traits because I have an innate sense of empathy, I lack tenacity and aggression. It is because of this that I will never make a good businessman, people like myself never do. That is why responsible capitalism would never see the light of day, and these nations will go on suffering. Sustainable development is a widely unattractive ideal amongst TNCs across the globe, because the men in charge seek only to capitalize on all that they own, and the people that govern them see fit to let them do so, as long as it keeps them happy and the equity flowing through their countries.
Do with that what you will.
Capitalism is different form imperialism, capitalism is the belief that our government should provide life, liberty and the freedom to achieve happiness to all citizens with minimal regulations in the economy; letting the "invisible hand" control the economy. I'm fine with your belief, but realize that what you show here isn't capitalism. Capitalism is an economic ideology that holds tradition and free economy as cornerstones to a country but what you show here is imperialism and that doesn't take place anymore (or at least not to the extent you show here). Canada (my home land) actually spends over a million dollars a year to aid 3rd world countries. Lastly I have to say that most of the problems in Africa are from civil wars and famine, not 1st world countries. Eliminating capitalism will not remove the problems in Africa. Like in most things the solutions is a great deal more complex then that.
I do support right-wing ideals but I am a welfare capitalist which is slightly right of centre.
So from that perspective it IS what lead to such great imbalance. Though I'd say your assessment is right. It was the irresponsibility, ignorance, and indifference that let Africa become so raped.
This is a very colourful way to describe the principle that capitalism is about the right to own a private business and advance socially by means of monetary aquisition.
Sure nations throw millions of dollars at Africa hoping the problems will go away, but right now you could throw ten '''trillion'''' dollars and not much will change. As the description says it's ''distribution'' that's the problem. Those lorryloads of food or money aren't helping anyone if they're being hijacked by marauders or pirates. Somalia for example has a severe pirate problem because their decades-long civil war means that it is impossible to make an honest living in the interior. Because the Somalian government is too busy fighting rebels, they can't spare the military power to control the waterways.
Westerners need to do more than throw money at Africa hoping they will improve. Imperialism may have ruined the continent, but capitalism is further choking it by giving it no easy way to recover. One of the things African nations have tried to do is get monetary support from the World Bank and possibly other nations in the form of big loans for big projects.
The issue? the World Bank eventually wants its money back and internal issues can make the project much more expensive, driving these countries ''further'' into debt.