The Push to Ban Second Hand Goods in Africa

In Africa, there is a big debate going on about banning second hand goods. Many aid agencies and personal philanthropists believe that by sending aid and goods to Africa they will be helping the ‘dire’ situation of poverty. Yet it seems to only be perpetuating it.

Bringing second hand goods into Africa is another example of outside countries importing to Africa. With all these cheap imports, industries in Africa are struggling to compete with the low prices and the economy is becoming more and more dependent on outside sources and outside aid.

“Each garment sold prevents an African tailor or dressmaker from selling his or her product so the cycle of poverty continues.” -John Barnet
-Ghana. Second hand computer waste is often sent to Africa categorized as ‘second hand goods’ and ends up being burnt or dumped.


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