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Does Africa benefit from its relationship with England? - May 11th 2009, 03:11 PM

I was asked this by my geography teacher but I couldn't really answer it. I know England helps Africa out by giving them aid but then again English companies also exploit african workers. As you can see, I don't really know much about it and was wondering if any of you guys have particularly strong opinions on the subject. What do you guys think?
   
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Re: Does Africa benefit from its relationship with England? - May 11th 2009, 03:21 PM

I've done a lot of research on this subject. And for the matter, it's the United Kingdom government that gives aid to Africa, not England
The UK helped abolish tied aid, which in my mind, is one of the most fantastic things we could have done. Tied aid is a government giving another government money, but they choose what to use the money for, not the government that needs it. Examples of this is giving a country money for farming equipment, but making them buy it from the aid giving country, which is more expensive than buying it from their own country.

Also, the Scottish government has set up an alliance [for lack of a better word] with Malawi, and I myself helped set up a charity in my high school to give money to a children's club in Malawi, where they help find orphans distant family to live with, and send them to school.
I know, at least in Scotland, that they've set up a scheme to send all our old school books and equipment that we don't use anymore to schools in Malawi. I remember raising money for school equipment, and seeing the kid's smiling faces was worth so much more than what we raised.

I do believe the government is trying to help, but the African workers being exploited is companies doing it, not the government. The government does not have control over what Africans get paid, that is to do with the individual countries in Africa, and as quite a few are corrupt, it's unlikely things will change, as the money they receive gets spent on weapons.

Some companies are bringing in more fair trade products, which guarantees fair wages for workers, which I think is awesome. So in conclusion, the UK government helps, the companies sometimes help, and some still use sweat shops just to maximise profits.


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Re: Does Africa benefit from its relationship with England? - May 11th 2009, 03:57 PM

Definitely!

because look at south africa! its the most stable part of africa.

But its true that alot of western companies exploit the people but it isnt really the goverments fault.

I heard all kind of crap about the somali pirates, like how they kill and steal. But my dad has a client who actually travels to africa to transport goods. He said that its really danangerous there but he said that alot of african people are treated like shit. Like big oil companies dump oil in there water, and makes the fish toxic. Also they make poor africans to work for food and not for money "under the table". So it is nearly imposible for them to create get out of the "modern slave labour".

Think about the feed a man a fish vs teaching him how to fish saying.

Africa is like china and india, but its alot harder to fix because there are so many differnt countries and it struggles to be stable.
   
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Re: Does Africa benefit from its relationship with England? - May 12th 2009, 07:23 PM

Thanks, all that information is really helpful.
   
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Re: Does Africa benefit from its relationship with England? - May 15th 2009, 03:26 AM

Hm... I know more about the Age of Imperialism in Africa rather than currently. In both situations however, Africa benefits in some ways but suffers in others.


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