The goals of these offices are indeed worthy and, unfortunately, much needed. However, in order for this magnificent land to reach its aspirations, it is imperative that the world community focus on the root causes of these problems and eliminate them. The abject poverty and economic strife in the majority of African countries are unmatched anywhere else in the world. A 2003 U.N. report ranking the wealth of the world’s countries found that the bottom 25, hence the poorest, are African.
For Africa to prosper, and not merely survive, the world community must work with the African people to create an environment that encourages enterprise and cherishes human life. The good news is that there are practical economic solutions to Africa’s distress that don’t require huge overhead and governmental involvement. These are solutions and efforts that side step the corruption and bureaucratic inertia that frequently render the U.N. and governments ineffective.
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlighted a perfect example of people taking action and creating positive change in an African community. These people were not rock stars or billionaire talk show hosts, but a group of Ohio farmers imbued with the American spirit of generosity and concern for their fellow man. The project that these farmers embarked on is simple in its concept and powerful in its results.