I re-read the article on the Ghana project and the economics. Frankly, I fail to understand why such projects are undertaken, never mind contemplated.
What with Superstar concerts, political agitators of one colour or another, it seems to me that Africa and other third world lands end up as little more than playgrounds in which the superegos, of those with the mobility to do so, go and play out their fantasies of latter day saviours.
Why do people not accept that all real change, should it actually be desired, has to come from within?
There is no purpose served by trying to export a set of ideas/ideals in an effort to impose them on another land where they are so obviously foreign; why is the common lesson of the Spanish, English, French, Belgian, Portuguese etc. etc. empire not more clearly understood? Those people to whom some presume to bring ´enlightenment´ only want to be left alone to run their lives under their own banner. Corruption is rampant, of course it is, but roll up the edges of the carpets of our own Western countries and what do you think you´re going to find? More of the same, only far more sophisticated and deadly.
There is an arrogance in all of this, diguised as caring, which makes me sick to my stomach.
Sorry if this offends anyone, it is simply personal opinion, but I have lived in one of those countries so often targetted, and I know a little of what I speak.