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It is estimated that during the latter half of the previous century and this, over 1 Trillion dollars has been spent on international development. Despite this in Africa the numbers living on less than $1 per day has increased from 164 million in 1981 to 314 million in 2004, a staggering 46% of the population. The Chronic Poverty Research Centre (2009) report highlights political exclusion, social discrimination, and physical insecurity as the main reasons for this.

The World Bank report of 2009 describes the desperate situation that still exists today with 2.8 billion people living on less than $2 per day; 1.1 billion have no access to safe water and 2.6 billion lack access to safe sanitation.

Countless volumes and conferences are dedicated to the reasons for the general failure of aid – from inadequate research, to lack of follow-through, to outright corruption. Many, in fact, identify a root cause perhaps closest to the heart of this failure: the persistent erosion of individual self-belief and dignity. It is our belief that dependency on others particularly state as well as internationally funded organisations is the reason for its systematic failure and this balance must change to one of empowering people to help self.

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