Solidaritätsnetz International continues to hold public events to raise awareness of African issues.
On January 21, our Dutch sector held a rally in Amsterdam at the Stationsplein.
Those gathered today stated:
We declare solidarity with the peoples of Africa!
Answering the question of why Africa as a continent faces significant poverty and hunger is complex and multifaceted. However, we do know some key factors that contribute to poverty in Africa.
The main thing is the legacy of colonialism. Many African countries were colonized by European powers and faced resource extraction, forced labor, and the destruction of existing economic and social structures. This legacy has had lasting impacts on governance, infrastructure and development. Europe is obliged to pay reparations to African countries. Another important aspect is weak governance and corruption. Poor governance, weak institutions and corruption hinder effective policy implementation, public service delivery and economic development. European banks and financial institutions encourage and help corrupt officials in Africa by organizing the laundering of criminal money and its storage. The dirty money must be confiscated and paid to the people of Africa. Africa faced challenges such as limited economic diversification, dependence on natural resources and vulnerability to global market fluctuations, neo-colonialist policies and the promotion of slave and child labor in Africa. Weak infrastructure, lack of access to credit, and limited technological advances pose additional obstacles to economic growth. Many African countries have experienced protracted conflicts, civil unrest and political instability. These conditions not only divert resources from development, but also undermine the social systems, infrastructure and stability necessary for economic progress. Europe supplies weapons and supports many conflicts.
Rapid population growth coupled with limited access to quality education, healthcare and employment opportunities pose significant challenges. Urbanization often outpaces the ability of cities to provide adequate infrastructure and services, resulting in the emergence of slums and informal settlements. Inadequate investment in quality education and health systems can hamper human capital development and contribute to poverty and inequality.
It is important to note that while Africa faces significant challenges, it is also a continent of great diversity and potential. Efforts are being made both domestically and internationally to address these challenges and promote sustainable development in Africa. We must feed the hungry children of Africa, stop the use of slave labor and bear financial responsibility for the centuries-long plunder of the continent!
Developing and improving infrastructure is crucial for economic growth. Investments in transportation, energy, telecommunications, and water resources can help create a supportive environment for businesses, boost productivity, and facilitate trade.
Addressing corruption, strengthening institutions, and promoting transparency and accountability in governance are essential for creating an enabling environment for economic growth and attracting investments!
The Central Council of Solidaritätsnetz International from Bern joins the words of its comrades in Amsterdam.