Africa, Analysis, Side Feature

Resources Exploitation in the Name of Development Projects

Media outlets reported on Bill Gates recent visit to Tanzania, where the Bill & Melinda Gate Foundation set aside 777 billion Tsh to finance development projects in agriculture, health and Information Communication Technology (ICT) in the country.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced that the donation aims at reducing infant mortality rates, malaria eradication, fight against malnutrition, helping to increase production of raw materials, improve livestock keeping, as well as installing modern system of accessing information.

However, in most cases the motives behind donations and aids to the developing countries are suspicious. Issue of aids and donations rooted back from the 19th century which was accompanied with economic/political pressure forcing developing nations to return the favor.

Capitalist corporations, firms and foundations in most cases come with capitalist hidden agendas, despite their claims that their assistance is to boost development and humanitarian ones. The reality is quite opposite.

Aids and philanthropic funds have been used as policy instruments to consolidate capitalist exploitation of resources. In the real sense aids have damaged many developing nations’ fragile efforts to build their sustainable future.

Regarding Bill Gates, he has visited Tanzania several times without media alert, while some aims of his visits were reported some not. For the past 15 years Bill Gates has been investigating and widely focusing in Africa, and in his South Africa visit (before coming to Tanzania) he announced to invest 5 billion dollars in Africa over the next five years.

By scrutinizing the nature and moves of capitalists, no doubt that Tanzania’s resources are in the spotlight and under targets whereby the country will only receive low royalty and insignificant tax.

Tanzania, South Africa and developing nations generally need a powerful and independent state – the Khilafah state (Caliphate) upon the method of the Prophethood which will ensure proper and fair utilization of its resources for the well-being of their citizens rather than capitalist exploitations.

Written for the Central Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir by
Ramadhan Said Njera
Member of the Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir in Tanzania