'The best ways to give'

Editor, Refer to Dean Karlan's article, "The best ways to give"� (The New Times, December 29). The "many reasons"� for Western-type aid are "to feel better about yourself"�, whereas the African-type of aid is to make the other and everyone else around become and feel better about themselves.

Editor,

Refer to Dean Karlan’s article, “The best ways to give” (The New Times, December 29).

The “many reasons” for Western-type aid are “to feel better about yourself”, whereas the African-type of aid is to make the other and everyone else around become and feel better about themselves. That is the essence of communalism I suggested a while back, early September 2014, in The New Times.

In communalistic world view, neither investment nor returns are involved. In Africa, through the “ubuntu” (humanness) code of conduct, only the overall socio-political equilibrium is the paramount goal, for personal and collective survival. That is why we don’t conceive of and/or talk about, for instance, Kenya as being a “poor” country.

Rather, in our African “ubuntu” parlance, we’ll talk about many impoverished Kenyans! Only then, on the basis of this other view, much more closely appropriate to the Kenyan context and people, we would devise the “best ways to give”.

Francois-Xavier Nziyonsenga

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