You might have heard that the average income in Tanzania is less than $2 a day, but a figure like that can sound pretty abstract to our ears. This cartoon puts the situation even more starkly: a Tanzanian politician is paid $120 a day just for sitting around, while doctors get a mere $6 a day.
Chris Katembo published this cartoon just a couple of weeks ago because doctors have been striking over the disparity. It’s an obvious contributor to the African ‘brain-drain’ in which the best and brightest move elsewhere in search of better conditions (h/t Katie).
Tanzania needs Tanzanian leadership — good leaders dedicated to transforming their community! Here’s a clear imperative for any university ministry in the IFES tradition.
Arthur Davis is an Aussie living in Tanzania, writing at meetjesusatuni.com.