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Aid recipients should define own priority areas – Sebastian Kopulande

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Chembe Patriotic Front (PF) Member of Parliament Sebastian Kopulande has called for non-interference in aid management system.

Presenting a report on “Improving Aid and Development Effectiveness in EU-ACP Cooperation” to the Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels yesterday, Kopulande said EU aid should not be tied to priorities chosen by donors other than respect for human rights and democracy.

He said since the primary aim of donor aid was to assist developing countries attain much needed economic development, recipient countries needed to be free to define their future by coming up with development plans they wish to implement in line with their local needs. He said to maximise aid effectiveness, donor countries needed to take into account critical assessment of local needs of recipient countries, and ensure effective monitoring mechanisms are in place.

Kopulande said what ACP countries were asking for was self-determination to decide the use of aid resources through capacity building – as a way for economic development and prosperity.

The Zambian parliamentarian further expressed concern at the slow pace by donor countries in meeting the 0.7% pledge of their Gross National Income (GNI) official development aid.

“ACP laments the failure by the European Union to meet its commitment to provide 0.7% of Gross National Income,” he said, adding that the idea of looking at ACP states as suppliers of raw material to industries of developed world was not only unsustainable, but also against the principle of contemporary international trade and development.

“We looking for trade relations and capacity that add value to our own raw materials, so we can become more competitive in international trade”, he noted.

On the role of civil society in aid management, Kopulande said the structure was not helping aid effectiveness because most organisations were serving the interest of donor countries as opposed to recipient countries.

“We need to examine the role of civil society organisations. When we are talking about people defining their own aid use, it’s important to look at issues surrounding civil society [organisations’ involvement in aid management]”, said Kopulande.

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3 Responses to Aid recipients should define own priority areas – Sebastian Kopulande

  1. This debate is like an old scratched record. It has been on the agenda of development economics for the past 60 years. Lenders tie loans for many reasons including ‘soft’ political power and for export of their goods and services. The US will not give you a loan to purchase Chinese goods and ideology! Secondly, do borrowers really know what they want? Zambia borrowed US60 million from the Kuwait Fund to construct the Mongu – Kalabo Road in 2006(?). The road was constructed and promptly washed away in a light rainy season! The story is that half of the money was ‘stolen’. The government went back to borrow more for the same road.
    Lenders come from countries with moral consciousness and willl not lend to see the money stolen by corrupt leaders.

    Tomola
    March 24, 2017 at 4:21 pm
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  2. The only thing africa leaders know or should i say leaders of PF in zambia know well is stealing and sex.

    peter robinson
    March 24, 2017 at 6:33 pm
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  3. Why should the EU risk their money being spent on protecting one person? The whole nasty idea of spending huge amounts of taxpayers money on ICC inquiry is so revolting. Your parliament just voted against financial support to our children to go to university. Selfish bunch!

    Leadership is a serious matter
    March 24, 2017 at 9:10 pm
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