Africanus occidentalis: This cliche is at home in a broad variety of habitats, be it among development practitioners or wide-eyed teenagers visiting Africa for the first time. It can be distinguished by its prominent belief that concerted Western action can solve all of Africa’s problems. The Africanus occidentalis studentia lives a peaceful life in the dorm rooms of university students, who often react to its presence by talking at length about the spiritual connection and cultural vitality that they experienced while visiting one country in a very large continent for two weeks last summer. (The tragedy of receiving a university education whilst children in Africa are dying is an alternate topic, although this should not be confused with actual discussions of Rawlsian justice.)
Rachel's rather brilliant self-proclaimed rant plays into timely discussions regarding frames of references in addressing development issues (i.e. the inherent problem in talking about development from a purely Western paradigm, much to the disregard of the culture, traditions, ideologies, etc. of the country one is seeking to assist). I could go on, but Rachel does such a brilliant job in her post that there really is little need for me to do so.