the

challenge

African countries have been recipients of foreign aid since their independence. While some aid has brought positive results, continuous foreign aid fails to stimulate sustainable wealth creation. The focus of foreign assistance needs to shift from aid and relief to enterprise, from poverty alleviation to wealth creation, from paternalism to partnerships, from handouts to investments, from seeing the poor as consumers to seeing them as creators, and from enabling dependency to empowering local communities to lead their own community development.

Relief is a short-term intervention to get a community back on its feet. The underlying assumption is that once they’re out of their immediate financial circumstance, they will possess the vision and skills to continue on a positive trajectory. Development is different

Development recognizes that some communities don’t have the infrastructure that it takes to stimulate sustainable wealth creation. Development work imparts a new outlook of building the necessary infrastructure to stimulate local people to create long-lasting change in their own communities.

Relief is a short-term intervention to get a community back on its feet. The underlying assumption is that once they’re out of their immediate financial circumstance, they will possess the vision and skills to continue on a positive trajectory. Development is different

Development recognizes that some communities don’t have the infrastructure that it takes to stimulate sustainable wealth creation. Development work imparts a new outlook of building the necessary infrastructure to stimulate local people to create long-lasting change in their own communities.

Relief vs. Development

Relief does for others. Development takes the long view and enables others to do for themselves.

Relief treats the symptom. Development addresses the root cause.

Relief gives a fish. Development teaches one to fish.

Poverty is not just a lack of money; it is not having the capability to realize one's full potential as a human being.

Amartya Sen
When we do for those in need what they have the capacity to do for themselves, we disempower them.

It is this realization and understanding of when helping hurts that has shaped Musana into what it is today. What Ugandans need is restored hope and dignity in their own economic and social capacity that will enable them to not only survive, but to thrive.