"Tens of thousands of Westerners, ranging from sandal-wearing volunteers through to the highly paid consultants found in five-star hotels, would have to look for a new line of work if Africa stopped needing aid. They collectively constitute a key lobby in Western relations with Africa and are the lineal descendants of the merchants and missionaries who influenced British policy in the nineteenth century. Whether bright with sincerity or dulled by cynicism, workers in the aid and development business have become part of Africa's perverse integration into globalisation."
Stephen Ellis, Season of Rains - Africa in the World, p.33
I couldn't agree more. It is the pimple-faced consultants I can't stand.