Why there are few blogers…

You know how they say that if you are forced to begin a project, it usually does not work well unless you really are the led or initiator. Well, I find this thought quiet interesting. There are two instances that make me want to believe this is true: one as a participant at the AfriCamp in Kenya in March, participants were taken through social messaging tools and blogging was introduced to us. Many of us, including yours truly have never really gone on to use the blogs we registered and contributing to the inefficient use of space on the providers storage systems. Another reason is that, it takes more than being an advocate to write. You need to be a writer to have a blog that is constantly updated and true to form. Second, as a member of the Ghana Youth Development Network – a network of youth service providers, groups, etc that was hurriedly put together by the World Bank Country office in 2007 or there about to celebrate the International Youth Day in Ghana. This led to the GYDN winning a short term facility from its God-father the WB to work with youth within the network and from Sierra Leone and Liberia. The short of this was; the network is struggling to stand on its own feet. To further push home my point, another event organised by OSIWA to rethink its youth engagement strategy in 2009 in Dakar mooted the idea of youth network around the meeting. This has failed so far. My point? Well, the idea for a network can only succeed if the desire is built on the commitment of the group themselves and not from the influence of “outsiders”.
I am sure that many of you readers will have counter story, but I am yet to be convinced that a network can be sustained from without. In both instances that I have listed, one key has been that the initiators did not add to the “package” as fixed sum of money. I am sure that were that the case, the three networks will be up and thriving. After, money drives ideas not the other way round – at least in the world of the young and ambitious.
Why am I writing? Well, as the name of my blog is called – Sossah’ Ravings, I just have discovered my ravings and “rantings” have increased these few days and thought I might as well get to work writing about how I feel.

So in the next few weeks…just follow me…

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