Plan for a better Africa

A Sudanese billionaire is putting up millions in prize money to promote good governance in Africa and to encourage leaders on the world’s poorest continent to step down once their democratic mandates have expired.

In a world where dictator after dictator are ruling most African countries, this is a very good initiative to try and persuade rulers to do the right thing, and even make sure that democracy actually operates by the time they leave office. While money should not be the No1 incentive for this, if it works, why not? This is a first step towards a better Africa, very clever.

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Ludovic Hirlimann wrote on October 27th, 2006 at 1:11 AM PST:

stepping down would be a good thing in say France too. Most of our political live of being politicians. Hence after 10 or more doing so they’ve lost contact with reality and ground.

vince wrote on October 27th, 2006 at 8:10 AM PST:

Or Russia.. but regardless of where you are, politicians like to retain (and profit from) influence even after stepping down. It’s why defense companies hire retired generals and why some former members of Congress are now lobbyists.

The meddling is mostly driven by money so it seems logical to me that that could solve the problems too. As they say in Brazil: ‘Money isn’t the problem, it’s the solution.’

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