James Shikwati is a Kenyan economist and libertarian. He is known for promoting the idea that the current system of sending aid to Africa causes more harm. View James Shikwati’s profile on LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional community. James has 3 jobs listed on their profile. See the complete profile on. James Shikwati is an expert in development economics in Africa. He is the founder and director of the Inter Region Economic Network (IREN), a think tank.

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He also wants Africans to utilize the continents abundance of natural resources that could allow them to become competitive in many different industries including the cell phone industry [9]. For example, if a farmer has a leak in his roof, money may be given to him to repair the roof but he may feel that the money is better spent elsewhere. This page was last edited on 20 Decemberat DW talked to Shikwati on the sidelines of the conference, Start-up Africa: The issue of a short-term fix versus a long-term solution is a conflict that repeatedly rears its head in professional ethics.

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Companies do the shikwagi thing. European and African leaders have met to discuss a “new relationship” to help stem illegal immigration.

Africa’s governments put pressure on mining groups Strict laws, high taxes: Subsidies like this brought three main benefits to the American economy: But the strategies are controversial. We use cookies to improve our service for you.


James Shikwati

But the real shikwatti for Africa at the moment is the regional economics blocs because they are closer to the pulse of the people, closer the shiwkati of the markets. In addition to keeping the surpluses away from the domestic economy, the program built new markets for American products and rewarded favored third world regimes.

However, the storage costs incurred by the Hoover administration became an issue during the Great Depression so the Roosevelt administration set a precedent by paying farmers to simply plant fewer crops.

James Shikwati is a writer and commentator of public policy. Similarly, it makes the recipient dependent on these philanthropic acts which interferes with the benefits of a free market. Giving the African Union the role of trying to drive development, I think that would be quite difficult.

Aid money does more shikwatl than good, believes Kenyan economics expert, James Shikwati. Sometimes it fails or some times it gains traction.

You notice even in Europe, solutions … have come from networking. Development has to come from inside of Africa. That shows the energy sihkwati actually there that can drive Africa to the next step.

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Shikwatu banks have done the same thing with the housing market offering high-risk mortgages instead of ensuring their long-term gains. Farm subsidies work by establishing an artificial price floor which has the unwanted effect of generating a significant surplus of crops. The United States government has similar programs back on the home-front as well.


Both farm subsidies and Social Security are programs where the government gives money to solve jame problem without developing a clear long-term solution. He is a “self taught” economist.

However, since the money was given to him, the power of what to do lies with the donor and therefore the only option is to repair the roof. Policies and guidelines Contact us.

James Shikwati: ‘Africa’s development has to come from inside of Africa’

Most importantly, all agree that there is no short term solution to solving Africa’s development problem. In other languages Add links.

Business Global trade The point would be for us as Africans to have a way of navigating the interests from outside but at the same time elevate our own interests. You notice that whenever Europe feels that there is a challenge coming from Africa, for example, migrationthen they would set a budget and say ‘let’s put this money to go and handle this problem of migration’ forgetting that development has to be driven intrinsically.

Instead Shikwati wants young people to realize that they can turn African problems into opportunities. Fasten your seat belts!

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