Can aid end aid?
We put the question to six campaigners and opinion-formers.
Managing partner, Nubuke Investments LLP
Depending on your starting point, aid can definitely end aid. With countries coming out of the ravages of war or famine, the institutions necessary to rebuild a stable economy cannot be financed out of thin air. This is where aid comes in – to kick-start these processes. As we have seen in Rwanda and Sierra Leone, the end to a war is not enough.
The issue I have with this aid, though, is that it has no blueprint for success and no exit strategy. Most global NGOs will meet you with a blank stare if you ask them whether they know what they consider a successful programme to be and whether they have a target for local institutional capacity-building, or whether they have a finite date for exit. Unfortunately, the onset of aid seems to mean those white 4x4s with their expat NGO masters are here to stay. We need them to come in, build sustainable local institutions and leave!
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