Development plan for Africa is patronising

Thursday 20 July 2017

Professor Henning Melber, senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS), dismisses the ‘Marshall Plan with Africa’, which was launched by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development in July, as ‘condescending’ to Africa and Africans. Commenting in a Nordic Africa Institute blog article, he says that while some of the ideas and goals are laudable, a ‘serious development plan would not lump 54 countries with different histories, structures, cultures, needs and problems together believing there is a one-size-fits-all solution.’