war·horse ˈwôrˌhôrs (noun) (in historical contexts) a large, powerful horse ridden in battle.
I've got a messy blog here (apology for posting before editing, this is take 2). I should write it up as a real article, though. It parallels conversations I've had over beers with many colleagues in the ICT world over the decades. And maybe it explains why I left multi-million dollar UN and WTO and IMF funded "AID Projects" and enjoy private investment outside the #charitableindustrialcomplex. And the reason I should write it up more professionally is that it appears "WASTE AID" and "RECYCLING DEVELOPMENT AID" is about to go down the same learning curve, without a helmet as they rush to be first to submit projects for funding.
Inexperience, Bad People Management, Lack of Accounting Skills, Spotty Customer Service, Sub Par (food) Quality. Let's compare the "5 frequent reasons" that restaurants in the USA and EU fail with the explanations offered by the Aid for Africa complex. Does a 60% failure rate prove Africa's incapable? Or does Africa's enormous and steady growth demonstrate an unhealthy attraction of Western Aid workers to projects lacking business fundamentals?
|"Reckless" Korean War warhorse honored by medal and statue @ National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia|
The logic of AID and Enforcement in Africa seems built on "failure needs more help". If 60% of new USA restaurants fail in the first year, and 80% fail in 5 years, then Governments should fund professional Restaurant Aid Workers to save Restaurateurs. Charity needs to save the failing restaurants. Compare that to the free market, which invests based on past success.
And beeeliiiiiieeevvee me, I could get you some restaurant worker photos that would send you skeedaddling from emerging market restaurants to burn wires in Agbogbloshie in a heartbeat (and genuine "child labor" to boot). Maybe even some with FIRE pictures for the photojournalists.
|If you have seen Awal M. Basit (2nd left) burn wire, you know this amount of gasoline flame is "shiny object for reporter"|
Lessons from ICT Battlefield (Information Communications Technology)
I ran across an ICT blog yesterday which brought me back to that battlefield. The tone is a bit "warhorsey", and I can relate to that. I started out, after Mass DEP, in the ICT realm. The idea (like World Computer Exchange) was to take surplus computers and use them to develop school tech rooms and internet cafes in Africa. Millions of WTO and UNGAID dollars were going to these countries to "connect them to the web", and thousands of western Aid Workers, volunteers, etc., were carpetbagging to Africa to play a positive role, and earn a living, saving Africa from darkness. (Fair Trade Recycling's 2016 EWaste Trading program is derivative).