Your observation is very well documented though self-inflicted; in this case, Zimbabwe. Sub-Saharan countries do not lack the intelligence to push the needle closer success; instead, they are glued to a stand-still by corrupt leadership. What percentage of the allocated funds do you think will go into the specified program? Only in that part of the world are politicians and government employees richer than entrepreneurs. What happened to research and development? Such investments are discouraged for fear of eliminating the leaders sources of embezzlement. Corruption has become an accepted behavior.
I am an advocate for information transfer and believe that its effectiveness and sustainability are directly related to the integrity of the stakeholders. Recently, a state government in one of the sub-saharan countries in West Africa chose the option to send 50 employees to the US for a two weeks training over having two trainers go to the country; a cost variance of over $252,000.00. Wonder why the former option was chosen though less cost beneficial?
It is impossible to plug a square hole into a round peg. Integrity and accountability yield success. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man how to fish and you feed him for life.
HIFA profile: Obi Egbuniwe is an independent health information technology consultant in Houston, Texas, Ambassador - University of New England Health Informatics Online Program, and a Certified Professional in Health Information Management Systems (CPHIMS). Professional interests: International Adviser/Consultant in telemedicine, digital/population health.
Email: obiora1 AT yahoo.com