Can Africa Rise Above Its Poverty and Low IQ?

Curse of Poverty and Low IQ

The poverty of sub Saharan Africa is a perpetual problem which has long troubled western global analysts. Since the days of Albert Schweitzer, charitable persons and institutions from the advanced world have been lavishing assistance and foreign aid to the dark continent — to little avail.

More than $1 trillion has been sent to Africa over the last 50 years. And what has it all achieved? She wants to know. “Between 1970 and 1998, when aid flows to Africa were at their peak, poverty in Africa rose from 11% to a staggering 66%” – roughly 600 million of Africa’s billion people are now trapped in poverty. She would admit that aid has done some good on a local level, however her conclusion is uncompromising: “Aid has been, and continues to be, an unmitigated political, economic and humanitarian disaster for most parts of the developing world” – and Africa in particular… __ Dambisa Moyo Interview

Foreign aid by governments and charitable assistance by churches, NGOs, and private foundations, too often contribute to the treadmill of poverty seen in places such as sub Saharan Africa and much of Latin America.

Though about $134 billion in official aid still flows from donor governments to recipient governments, there is no mystery, he says, as to why foreign aid fails to erase poverty. That is not its mission, he asserts: typically it serves commercial interests at home or buys political allies abroad, too often unsavory ones… When the conditions for development are present, aid is not required. When they do not exist, aid is not useful and probably damaging. __ NYT Book Review of “The Great Escape” by Angus Deaton

When the populations of countries are not capable mentally and psychologically of supporting an advanced technological infrastructure, it is an act of cruelty for outsiders to push such infrastructures upon them. If there are not enough persons of high IQ to supply sufficient physicians, engineers, skilled managers, technologists, top-notch maintenance supervisors, and state of the art instructors, it should be clear that such societies cannot stand on their own in a world of rapidly advancing technology.

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But if outsiders prop up such low aptitude populations by doing the heavy lifting in medicine, engineering, mining, oil & gas extraction, transportation, communication, etc., such generally impoverished populations tend to continue breeding rapidly without any hope of being able to support their rising populations on their own skills and abilities. Eventually, outside help will dry out, and a massive humanitarian disaster will occur.

Fertility Rates Stubbornly High in Africa

Trends in Global Fertility Rates

Africa’s population growth. As mentioned above, the region’s population has grown more than anywhere else on Earth—and it’s not showing signs of slowing, with a fertility rate of 4.92 in 2015, more than double the global average. The UN’s medium forecast puts Africa’s 2050 population at 2.5 billion, a number that would strain resources even in an economy dramatically stronger than the continent’s current ones. __ Africa, China, India, and World Poverty via NBF

If Africa’s population is unable to take care of itself at current levels, the dark continent is in for a terrible shock as future billions of low aptitude youngsters arrive on the scene screaming for food and care.

Corruption and Lack of Economic Freedom

Africa scores very low on measures of economic freedom and opportunity, and scores quite high on measures of corruption. In such places, the path to success will always lead to whatever political power is in control at the time. Bribes, payoffs, nepotism, and a squeezing off of opportunity for most people is the inevitable result.

Transparency in Corruption Rankings


In such an environment of low opportunity and high corruption, poverty for most of the population is common and almost intractable.

African nations occupy almost all of the slots in most lists of the world’s poorest countries. Of this list of the world’s 20 poorest nations, for example, 19 are either located in sub Saharan Africa or are populated largely by persons of black African stock.

This is no fluke or coincidence. The problem is “baked in,” so to speak, and all of the human world’s ingenuity will find it extremely difficult to “bake it out.” Low IQ is closely tied to poverty — both between nations and within nations. But IQ is closely tied to genes, with IQ being up to 80% heritable. This means that all of the components of Africa’s poverty — from a corrupt culture to the inability to supply large numbers of scientists, engineers, physicians, technologists, skilled managers, and skilled maintenance supervisors — can be traced directly to genetic foundations, if one is careful and persistent and disregards political correctness.

Time for a “U” Turn

Western nations have been extremely generous to Africa in terms of government aid and non-governmental assistance from churches, NGOs, and foundations. In return, sub Saharan African population numbers have exploded, and are spilling over into the nations of Europe and other countries — where their greatest impact is likely to be the increase of poverty, crime, and increased government expenditures on public welfare and prisons.

Smart leaders of governments, foundations, NGOs, and religious charities would understand that current methods of artificially subsidising the life support systems of sub Saharan Africa will soon become untenable — as populations of ethnic Europeans plummet, and populations of black Africans skyrocket.

Africa has always been a land where one tribe starves or enslaves other tribes, in the unending acquisition of land, riches, and power. Human tragedy is built into the way Africa has always been. Europeans may interfere in the attempt to “normalise” African behaviours, but such interference will be self-limited by factors mentioned above — and will likely conclude with a many times larger human disaster than would have been the case if they had limited their interference.

Chinese, Arab, Russian, and Indian interference is another matter, and is less likely to create the artificial “uplift” of much of the populations of black Africa, which European efforts seem to be trying to achieve. The more cynical non-European players in the dark continent are merely interested in Africa’s physical resources of minerals and fertile land.

Western companies — if left alone by their governments — would gladly compete in the international competition to do business with Africa’s corrupt ruling classes. Strangely enough, the impact of such trade and graft is less likely to permanently damage the people of the sub Continent than the ultimately destructive “do-gooder” actions of western governments, foundations, NGOs, and religious charities.

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