- Feb 23, 2005
Do you actively support, either through donations of time or money, any charities?
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“Personally, I don’t think that charities in Africa really work,” says Akon. “I think it just holds the people down longer than it should. I think the only way to build Africa is to build for-profit businesses that create opportunities and jobs for the people locally. That’s why with Akon Lighting Africa we decided to take a for-profit approach. Ultimately, it’s providing empowerment to local people so they can start developing their own economies.”
I think it's a fine line and balancing act. I work for an non profit NGO and there is a huge difference in accepting donations and just handing it out to beneficiaries in cash or food parcels vs actually empowering them.No. Charities don't work. https://www.theguardian.com/global-.../akon-charities-africa-lighting-energy-access