Thursday, December 16, 2010

Good Governance is about changing our individual and collective behavior for good!

Dear Patriotic Global Citizens & Friends of African Union and Greater Ethiopia Without Borders:

Re:  Tony Blair and his Government Work.

I found this interesting story about Tony who wants to preach good governance to Africa and he did not do it while in office as British PM. 

Yes, we honor great ideas and tools for empowering the local population at all cost.

However, AIDs has not had a positive result.  Most Global AID to Africa is not about business, growth and transformation.  It is about keeping new dependencies, that kept Africa in the Dark when Europe utilized Africa's resources to come out of its 1855 Economic Crisis and now the 2010 Economic Crisis is looking to Africa for solutions.

So, we need to critically appraise what the African Governance Interpretative is doing and check if it has access to Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other Counter-Intelligence outfits that are seeking to distabilize Africa for a new revolution where millions of our youth will die in the name of new governance initiatives, revolutions and all sorts of Mujahedeens that were unleashed on the Middle East and Africa just some 20 years ago by Jimmy Carter and his polish national Security Advisor.

Africa remembers the 1960s where Mobutu, a millitary thug was encouraged to massacre the bright African leaders and created the African mess for over 50 years.  What is the African Governance Initiative trying to do in Africa.

Our memory of Tony and his intelligent service is not that heartwarming.  The Niger case is in point here.

 Remember the Niger Uranium Story and Sadam Husein and "She is Game" move about the US spy outed by Dick Cheynie Aid, etc that started the new holocaust in the Middle East?

Remember the Africa Initiative that tried to get the crippling debt of Highly indebted African governments?  Just compare that with what is happening at Goldman Sachs, Bernie Madoff and lack of governance at Wall Street, that is sinking the global economy.

Who is responsible for all these malfunctioning governments in Europe (The PIGS) Portugal, Ireland, Greek and Spain: and the good old IMF churning out its conditionalities that sacked the treauries of Latin America, Tiger Countries and Great Old Russia.  Now, the Wall Treat is sinking trillions by the day and Africa cannot afford to be part of this great deregulations!

Africa is the only continent that survived the Financial Meltdown, but who sending all these sufosticated arms and the new religions of "My Prophet is the best vehicle of God" and without him all of you should die business and gives the equipment for the suicides of so many vulnerable poor, perhaps delinquent and mentally ill young boys?

Imagine, if we can treat all these delinquent and rather distrubed young people with some social therpay, instead of giving them guns, bombs and all sorts of suicidal weapons of mass destruction.

Just imagine where the Governance of the Globe and especially Africa will be if Africa is left alone to its Growth and Transformation Agenda.

I believe, Tony should focus on Britain, whose youth will not have a chance to go to university, and then the unemployed masses of Europe.  No more 1855 type Berlin Conference to recolonize Africa with the mantra of Africa needs a new governance!

Yes, Africa needs business, growth and development and not new revolutions like Ivory Coast and Sudan, who will be explotied by all the Gun & Drug Dealers of the world at the expense of our vulnerable children.

Yet, our task to honor Tony for his good will and share our perspective.  This time, Tony, Europe and Britain need you more.  Leave Africa alone to the Growth and Tansformation Agenda!

We need to have an African Agenda developed by Africans and implemented by Africans.  Will the African Governance Imitative allow to do this.  That is at the heart of this comment!

How did Tony succeed at the Quartet in the Middle East.  The recent story from Jerusalem is not that heart warming either.  So, at last what is the qualitative and quantitative advantage of such initiatives? Who is the judge and what is the methodology for transparency and accountability and responsiveness of such initiatives.  Does the African Union evaluate these enterprises?  Who is supervising such great efforts?

Will that happen  ever?  That is the question, please read on.


Tony Blair

Tony Blair

Posted: December 16, 2010 08:46 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As British Prime Minister I trebled aid to Africa. At the 2005 G8 summit we took far-reaching steps in debt cancellation worth more than $100 billion to the poorest African nations. I am immensely proud of what we achieved at Gleneagles: Every day since, the aid given to developing countries has been saving thousands of lives. But I came to recognize that aid alone is not the answer.
The truth is that ultimately Africa's future prosperity lies with the decisions of Africa's leaders. We need leadership that is democratic, accountable and transparent. But in addition, we need leadership that is effective, that can shape plans and deliver policies that will make a difference on the ground.
The problem for many African countries is not the absence of the right vision or the right intentions. It is the simple lack of capacity to achieve them. Government today, even in the West, has often far less to do with ideology, but to do with delivery. The techniques for this are not that different from the private sector -- the right mix of focus; prioritization; capable people and machinery to deliver; performance management and innovative ideas.
This is hard enough for developed nations. It is a vast challenge for African leaders, whose governments very often lack the most basic levers of delivery, the expertise and the know-how.
In the last three years, the charity I set up, the Africa Governance Initiative, has focused on these issues. We bring in dedicated teams of international staff who have worked in government or for leading private sector organizations. They work alongside the leader's office and key government ministries, building capacity to prioritize and get things done. Because the only long-term route out of poverty is economic growth, we make a big thing of helping the governments we work with to attract quality private-sector investment to create jobs and livelihoods. Our staff -- with expertise gained working in the international financial sector -- sit alongside the government and coach them to bargain on equal terms with big multinationals.
Over the past three years, we have been working in three countries -- Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Liberia. In each case, of course, the prime movers are the leaders and their teams. And in each country the results are both deeply impressive and offer real hope for the future. Rwanda was the fastest riser in the World Bank place to do business rankings last year. Sierra Leone has seen Freetown with the lights on, and a 90 percent cut in deaths of children from malaria. Liberia has seen astonishing progress, not least in attracting major private investment, with $16 billion committed in the past four years.
This is all part of the change now happening in Africa. There is still a long way to go. But the feeling of optimism is palpable.
For its part, the international development community needs to find new ways to support, not just exhort, leaders in Africa to do the right thing. The democracy and accountability revolution that has swept across Africa over the last 20 years has done immeasurable good. No leader deserves a blank check. But it is not enough for us to just say that Africa needs more Mandelas and fewer Mobutus.
Instead, the goal must be to create a dynamic where current African leaders can deliver real improvements in the lives of their citizens and where the next generation of leaders -- in some countries the first to grow up under stable, democratic rule -- have models of true public service they can aspire to follow.
What these leaders need is practical support in articulating and delivering on their priorities, so that the donors can align their assistance behind them. That is how we give real substance, not just symbolism, to the idea of "country ownership." Here, the World Bank, USAID and others have been breaking new ground in making the new partnership with Africa, which Barack Obama articulated on his visit to Ghana, a reality.
The development community already invests a great deal in keeping Africa's leaders honest. The question is whether it invests enough in supporting them to succeed. Good leadership is about capacity, not just character.
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Tony Blair was UK Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007, and is Patron of the Africa Governance Initiative (AGI). 'Not Just Aid: How Making Government Work Can Transform Africa' is published by the Center for Global Development.

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