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Poverty is the absence of all human rights. The frustrations, hostility and anger generated by abject poverty cannot sustain peace in any society. For building stable peace we must find ways to provide opportunities for people to live decent lives.
How do the real local champions tolerate us, international ‘experts’ who rotate in and out of their countries and keep showing up – different faces, same stupid questions – like a bad penny? What do we mean when we talk about supporting local actors? And are we really ready to relinquish control, face our shortcomings and humbly listen?
Why should there be hunger and privation in any land, in any city, at any table when we have the resources and the scientific know-how to provide all humankind with the basic necessities of life? There is no deficit in human resources; the deficit is in human will.
If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire.