The blog is a compilation from the author's experience residing in rural Africa and traveling to different parts of the continent. It seeks to understand the realities of Africa today based on the author's identity as a Chinese-American with extensive living experiences in Asia and dealing with Asians.
A book on the need for financial planning shows that many African nations are placing themselves in economic jeopardy through financial recklessness.
A key ingredient for East Asia's economic success is currently not replicated in the sub-Saharan African context: a strong belief by the general populace that individual sacrifice will be rewarded by future economic progress.
As Africa urbanizes and more people move to informal settlements on the edge of large cities, lack of formal addresses will become much larger in scale and economically problematic.
The most dangerous part of a rich foreigner helping poor locals "develop" is how they inadvertently mention how certain "universal" values and ideologies are the basis for people to get richer and more civilized. This is neocolonialism at its finest.
One has to wonder whether using the malnourished black kid as the poster child of the charitable efforts is wise. Not just because such posters propagate stereotypes of Africa as an exclusively impoverished continent (which of course, is a problem)
The only way to reverse governmental neglect of rural areas is, paradoxically, start stringently collecting taxes in rural areas, no matter how unprofitable it may be for the government at the very beginning of such initiative.
The result of such systematic lack of trust in institutions is that transactions, business or otherwise, will be assumed as incapable of being completed as intended.
While they add to economic vitality of their respective locales, Chinatowns also become a source of social isolation for their overwhelmingly foreign residents.
Socialism logic is that by limiting the level of service people can get from bureaucrats, the people seeking services learn to take as norms minimal services with great degrees of appreciation.