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Old 11-20-2012, 11:53 AM
 
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:44 PM
 
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One of the long standing issues that has been prevalent since independence, is that far too many Africans who go abroad to study get degrees in things like law, political science, accounting, etc. Nobody is coming back as an engineer or agronomist or medical fields or any other hands-on disciplines that could be used to bring them any closer to the industrial revolution.
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Old 11-21-2012, 01:15 AM
 
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Like the last guy interviewed said attracting talent to Africa and keeping it will require good governance. African governments need to create an enviroment that will allow these professionals(engineers,doctors etc) to get somewhere with their expertise while living in their home countries.
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:51 AM
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One of the long standing issues that has been prevalent since independence, is that far too many Africans who go abroad to study get degrees in things like law, political science, accounting, etc. Nobody is coming back as an engineer or agronomist or medical fields or any other hands-on disciplines that could be used to bring them any closer to the industrial revolution.
Alot of people go after what makes money. Law and accounting majors make alot of money. And there are many Africans who do pursue the sciences and technology. I know that at myalma mater, I see alot of Africans going into chemistry, biology, or persuing the medical field. However, many Africans who do go into the medical field or into business or technology often either stay in the USA, or sometimes go to Canada or the UK.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:50 AM
 
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However, many Africans who do go into the medical field or into business or technology often either stay in the USA, or sometimes go to Canada or the UK.
What do those countries have in common? They are all democratic capitalist countries. These are the types of countries that allow professionals to get the most from their professions while benefiting the country they're living in. When more Africa countries become more democratic and market oriented then I think you will see more professionals staying because democracy will bring more stability to the country and better market oriented policies will make it easier for them to benefit financially from their professions while also benefiting the country as a whole.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:31 PM
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What do those countries have in common? They are all democratic capitalist countries. These are the types of countries that allow professionals to get the most from their professions while benefiting the country they're living in. When more Africa countries become more democratic and market oriented then I think you will see more professionals staying because democracy will bring more stability to the country and better market oriented policies will make it easier for them to benefit financially from their professions while also benefiting the country as a whole.
In that case,what will it take for many of these nations to become more democratic and stable?
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:24 PM
 
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In that case,what will it take for many of these nations to become more democratic and stable?
I've heard some propose to only give AID to those countries that have first implemented basic political reforms like allowing for more than one political party,not declaring yourself president for life and allowing for a free press and media then you get AID.
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Old 11-21-2012, 05:28 PM
 
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What do those countries have in common? They are all democratic capitalist countries. These are the types of countries that allow professionals to get the most from their professions while benefiting the country they're living in. When more Africa countries become more democratic and market oriented then I think you will see more professionals staying because democracy will bring more stability to the country and better market oriented policies will make it easier for them to benefit financially from their professions while also benefiting the country as a whole.
No. They accept a job from the highest bidder. They don't care about liberty or democracy or stability or market oriented policies. Immigrants come to American to get a paycheck on Friday.

Why do you get up every morning and fight the traffic to get to the office at 8 oclock? For the money, or to benefit your country as a whole? What would it take to entice you to change jobs? More money, or more benefit to your country as a whole? Is there anything in your field that you could do, as a volunteer, that would benefit your country more than the job you are doing now? Why don't you quite your job and do that, then?
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:42 PM
 
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Ok but aren't you describing how things work in capitalist America? Those choices of where to work and for how much comes with capitalism.
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:50 PM
 
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One of the long standing issues that has been prevalent since independence, is that far too many Africans who go abroad to study get degrees in things like law, political science, accounting, etc. Nobody is coming back as an engineer or agronomist or medical fields or any other hands-on disciplines that could be used to bring them any closer to the industrial revolution.
Back in the day, students from Zimbabwe got scholarships to study in practical fields like that, as well as public administration, business admin, etc., intending to go home and run the country after "regime change". Things didn't unfold as they expected. Those who went home and failed to kiss up to Mugabe are dead now. Others fled and went abroad again, some never went home when they saw what was going on. Very sad. Tragic.
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