The African Union looks to past experiences with developed nations to determine future steps in funding humanitarian aid and refugee support.
Two blocs that have emerged in the Friday morning session of the A.U. Both express strong concern over continued reliance on foreign involvement and resources to maintain humanitarian programs. While there is disagreement as to the extent of necessary aid and the distribution of the aid, there is a consensus that African nations could be burned once more by Western greed.
A representative to Burkina Faso urged her fellow representatives to refrain from continuously going back to other nations to solve African issues. Allowing a growing dependence on Western involvement would inevitably lead to the further exploitation of African nations.
As observed by a representative to the Democratic Republic of Congo, there is no legitimate way to ensure that developed nations remain honorable and do not take advantage of weaknesses exposed by any alliances with the West. Support offered by NGO’s, the A.U., and the World Bank, the representative proposes, should be sufficient for genuine progress.
Considering the history of foreign involvement with the West, these concerns are valid and entirely well-founded. Even if there was minimal aid (not even investment), Western powers could still take a stronger foothold in the internal affairs of multiple nations.
The very nature of the international economy run by the West gives way to such politicized results. Worse than that, aid has been provided to developing nations for ages, and still nothing of substance has been done in a timely manner. It is the drive of the people in need– the African and Middle Eastern populace– that has made impactful action possible. After all, the West is not wholly responsible for the refugee rehabilitation centers and rising circulation of humanitarian aid throughout critical zones in Africa and the Middle East. In the modern era, nations must take charge of their own fate and edge away from dependency on empty promises and false hope tossed down from the West.