A good number of the young Kiberans I interacted with during my PhD fieldwork argued that philanthropy is a white person’s thing and that the few black Africans who donated financial assistance or services always had a political motive. Therefore, their projects were short term and very uncertain.
Donors and visitors to Kibera are very comfortable around the middlemen. They are smooth talkers and well connected to local leaders in the area. However, most of the community members do not trust them. Read More
I smile uncomfortably then I probe further, “What do you mean John?” He points to the sun-streaked café terrace, “We are seated here with a former president’s daughter, a famous political analyst and so many rich wazungu, where did we go wrong to be born poor?”