James Shikwati quotes

  • Africa is like a child that immediately cries for its babysitter when something goes wrong. Africa should stand on its own two feet.
    -- James Shikwati

    #Children #Two #Feet

  • Africa must take the first steps into modernity on its own. There must be a change in mentality. We have to stop perceiving ourselves as beggars.
    -- James Shikwati

    #Firsts #Steps #Beggar

  • The countries that have collected the most development aid are also the ones that are in the worst shape. Despite the billions that have poured in to Africa, the continent remains poor.
    -- James Shikwati

    #Country #Development #Shapes

  • Development aid is one of the reasons for Africa's problems. If the West were to cancel these payments, normal Africans wouldn't even notice. Only the functionaries would be hard hit. Which is why they maintain that the world would stop turning without this development aid.
    -- James Shikwati

    #Would Be #Development #World

  • No one can really picture an African as a businessman. In order to change the current situation, it would be helpful if the aid organizations were to pull out.
    -- James Shikwati

    #Order #Organization #Would Be

  • Africa is always only portrayed as a continent of suffering, but most figures are vastly exaggerated.
    -- James Shikwati

    #Suffering #Figures #Continents

  • In the industrial nations, there's a sense that Africa would go under without development aid. But believe me, Africa existed before you Europeans came along. And we didn't do all that poorly either.
    -- James Shikwati

    #Believe #Development #Aids

  • Africans are taught to be beggars and not to be independent.
    -- James Shikwati

    #Independent #Taught #Beggar

  • Africans only perceive themselves as victims.
    -- James Shikwati

    #Victim #Perceive

  • Because it's unacceptable that the aid worker's chauffeur only speaks his own tribal language, an applicant is needed who also speaks English fluently - and, ideally, one who is also well mannered. So you end up with some African biochemist driving an aid worker around, distributing European food, and forcing local farmers out of their jobs. That's just crazy!
    -- James Shikwati

    #Jobs #Crazy #Speak English

  • AIDS is big business, maybe Africa's biggest business. There's nothing else that can generate as much aid money as shocking figures on AIDS. AIDS is a political disease here, and we should be very skeptical.
    -- James Shikwati

    #Political #Disease #Aids

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