Through a shortage of adequate resources and a lack of critical mass of revenue when called upon to deal with emergency situations, especially social, a significant number of African countries are forced to manage their daily lives as best they can. Noses to the grindstone, harassed by issues of poverty, employment, education, health and redistribution of modest wealth, they can see no further than papering over the cracks or putting out the fire. Often they are surprised by events that leave them at the mercy of the unexpected and are consequently reduced to calling for international assistance, both official and private reduced, essentially, to begging. In desperation, some leaders get on board with projects designed by various international organisations. In the past, Africans had to swallow the bitter pill of structural adjustment; at present, in order to feed hope, it has become fashionable to make a frank announcement of the year in which a country plans to achieve emergence.