Why most successful NGOs operating in the East African region are designed and funded from elsewhere is a question that has been troubling me for some time.
I have been feeling haunted by the knowledge that a number of donors in the west who donate for projects in this region are people who earn less than what a number of us earn.
What is it that is preventing us from designing and funding social enterprises that will spur social economic development without relying on donations from elsewhere.
I have also been wondering why Initial Public Offers of shares at the stock exchange are normally oversubscribed yet offloading of government shares in state corporations are normally delayed due to negotiations with ‘strategic investors’. What skill and money do this strategic investors bring that we lack locally?
In as much as I do not want to advocate against Foreign Direct Investments and aid, I want to advocate for homegrown social and business entrepreneurship. Our people must be released from the bondage of beggar-recipient mentality to the freedom of donor-benovelent mentality.