Yes, I know this is not a question but it needs to be said 😀
Donors do not have our best interests at heart – do not be lied to. Thomas Sankara knew this and cut links with them. Mahathir, of Malaysia did the same and during his stint as PM developed Malaysia (which in the 1970s was at economic par with Kenya) to an industrialised nation.
I have worked as a donor-recipient and also as a donor myself so I think I know what I am talking about.
Donors work based on self-interest. This interest is usually a reflection of a foreign agenda that the country they hail from want to push to the so-called 3rd world countries.
These agenda come cloaked as philanthropy i.e. they’ll give you money for ‘eradicating poverty’, water & sanitation, gender empowerment and other sexy NGO jargon to hook you. Do not get me wrong, YES, we need gender empowerment, health and all the issues they claim to support, we just do not have to get it from them because with their hand-outs strings are always attached.
Ask yourself, if foreign NGOs are so good how come none of them will ever, say, fund an individual with progressive ideas to run for President/MP in a country? If indeed they want us to be ‘more democratic’ why don’t they cut to the chase and sponsor a non-politically aligned individual with leadership qualities and developmental history to run for office? Answer: Because they can not control such a person. They’d probably say something like “We don’t interfere in the politics of other countries”, yet they do so aggressively covertly.
Donors will continue to work with people they can control, people who are predictable, people who can accept their money easily and bark to their beckons. If you are a ‘loose-canon’ and independent thinker they’ll blacklist you and cleave you from the herd they create in local civil societies of developing countries.
Long story short, we need to look inwards for a solution to our national problems … perhaps more inner than we think; we need to look at ourselves and be truly honest. No-one will save Kenya for us – we need to take the responsibility of reform and [peaceful] revolution unto ourselves as we parry foreigners (& local politicians alike) who often have ulterior motives. The time is nigh in Kenya for building a youth-led movement.
Let us not auction-out our country.
Hit me up if you want to explore this more, we are still young, let us make the best of our youth while it lasts: [email protected]