Philanthropy and Development in Southern Africa: Tax (In)Justice and Philanthropy

"Sharife argues that not much has changed since the days of the Rosetta Stone, when it relates to ‘governance’ of what the paper terms the ‘needs economy’. This ‘needs economy’ is a product of hyper-competitive economic systems that frame social welfare of the public (often falling into the needful or ‘needy’ category) as the voluntary responsibility of successful philanthropists, rather than governments elected by the people. Unlocking language – and definitions, is often key to unlocking economic policies. The ‘needs economy’ has allowed for the ordering and management of reality by experts who act within spaces of unaccountable wealth, with philanthro-capitalism framed as being without history and politics, despite monies generated through systems of inequality."