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It takes two to tango. Africa has always been an excuse for the few corrupt westerners to come and corrupt leaders in Africa. An African [politician is a resource hungry person and food is never shown to a famished person without them getting to salivate, eating after salivating is no sin. The body organs crave for it. I am not justifying corruption here. Am only saying that the people who bring development resources then entice the so called corrupt do so because they know that the poor fellows will be keen to steam so that when they themselves steal, they have someone to blame for it. Indeed, while so much talk on corruption subsists, so many wonderful pro-development efforts go unnoticed. I say like many that Africa needs funds for development. BUT the funds need to be channeled through the right institutions that are community driven and not driven by the ‘so called experts’. Some of us have been running programmes that focus on Agriculture where the level of community involvement tells tales when it comes to generating sustainability funds. Governance is not a concern and corruption is not common. I suppose the west is no honest than Africa. What the west has are accountability systems that have come to be by sealing operational loopholes. We therefore need to deliver to Africa, resources and systems to manage them transparently. Ingenuity will call for those starved of resources to look for opportunities and they will be trapped and arrested. Once that happens, the vice will die out. Unfortunately no one can create systems without institutions to own the systems, which calls for serious development of social and private institutions to drive development. A non haphazard approach to lending or development where so many resources run for little outcomes creates the confusion. I suppose there is so much institutional lacuna in Africa for anything to be condemned. Those that throw money to places without systems or strategies to achieve some desirable pro-people goals should be condemned as much as those who still gets condemned. America, the home of the private sector is also home for the most vibrant social enterprises. It is the social enterprises that drive honesty and development. It is not the private sector. Until the west comes with models of transparent development, there is need to say that this cannot be achieved through governments or the private sector. It has to be achieved through either a combination of both or the civil society. Investment has to be done. I urge all those who think that the money sent to Africa is lost to corruption to check the number of non-Africans who come to implement their benefactor programmes siphoning all the resources away in posh homes and vehicles while the pro-poor programmes they come to support cannot reach the monies even with their finger ends as the bottom of the till where the little money that the international staff have left is too far for the feeble hands. Yes there is need for funding, but the institutional models against which aid is channeled need to be changed. And I believe the people to be wary of are some government officers and 'international experts'. Transparency needs to be supported from a more automated perspective and project planning done in a manner that it takes care of all activities leaving nothing to discretion. Few understand Africa, yet they are very good giving ideas. That is corruption.