NEPAD is a noble idea with good intentions but we need to make it self reliant in practice and not confuse it with ODA monies. African leaders must first pledge basic social services to their people as rights and not privileges.
Let us not have any illusions. The problems of abject poverty and underdevelopment in Africa are difficult to solve not because the solutions are not there but because Africa governments are not addressing the sole cause of poverty in NEPAD- the debt overhang and unfair international financial systems. NEPAD will have far less impact on poverty reduction and impact on the African people until these issues are brought to the fore and discussed within the framework of NEPAD.