Money to Africa for global warming: When a poor man gets a little money, his thoughts go off in ten different directions.

Filed in Current affairs, foreign affairs by on December 13, 2009 0 Comments

What appears to be a “good faith” pledge from the industrialized societies to poor countries to deal with the impact of global warming is pure bribery. The West has a moral responsibility for the change of climate and must accept fully their responsibility.

Money to be delivered to developing countries isĀ estimated to be $10 billion a year between 2010 and 2012. It is clear the sum is far from sufficient in view of the enormity of the challenges. The question is, how will that money be spent? What are the mechanisms of control to make sure the money will be spent to protect rain forests or to build sea walls?

Leaders of developing countries have a reputation of mismanagement and corruption on behalf of their people. Plus, what appears to be an urgency of the West to “save” our planet is not necessarily a priority for poor countries, simply because they have other priorities.

Something need to be done but, as the Wolof of Senegal say, “When a poor man gets a little money, his thoughts go off in ten different directions.”

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