Jacqueline Mgumia's Response to a Debate on the Economist's Article on 'A Road to Somewhere: What do Africans need most - aid or infrastructure?''
Halimat is right proclaiming Africa development need to be revisited, not only within the shared history of colonialism but also within the present realities of its existence. As much as the conjunction of shared memories defines us, the different experiences of colonialism set different paths, realities and experiences to countries and groups with respective to genders, classes, races, sexualities etc.
I think a healthy discussion should focus on different levels of involvement of the development project, and its agencies of development within communities. To start the majority of Tanzanians need to believe on their labour, and hope for a better future. We need to believe into something better for change. Then, there come my favourite part which involves capacity to dream about electricity and water taps in grass huts, cows walking on tarmac roads, a farmer who believe on benefit of labour, town dwellers and professional who believe on work ethics. How does it start? I am really not sure! Or the answer could be, as the author(s) of the article claimed, it requires a total different “logistic”! That is the start!