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launches Reality of Aid Africa edition at regional workshop
Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD)
May 17, 2004
good governance, we cannot eradicate poverty; for no corrupt government
is interested in the eradication of poverty; on the contrary, and as
we have seen in many parts of Africa and elsewhere, widespread corruption
in high places breeds poverty" - Julius Nyerere, Former President
HARARE – The African
Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD) will on 19 and 20
May, 2004 host a workshop for its affiliates and stakeholders to discuss
the contents of their latest publication, Reality of Aid, Africa Edition
2003/4, which will be launched at the same event in Pretoria.
The theme for the
workshop will be: "Governance & Promotion of Rights in International
Cooperation and Aid" and will provide a space for the 18 participants
to review the findings contained in the Africa Edition of the Reality
of Aid publication, as well as come up with recommendations for the way
The Africa Edition
of Reality of Aid is a culmination of various workshops and meetings between
AFRODAD affiliates and organisations working on debt and aid in Kenya,
Zambia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe as well as contributions from other African
countries, which allowed for a truly African perspective of the issues.
Workshop participants have always included high level government officials,
donors, civil society and grassroots organisations and members of the
general public, in an effort to articulate genuine African views and opinions
on the performance and effectiveness of development aid and to ensure
that it benefits all.
The regional workshop
will seek to analyse governance structures at international, regional
and national levels and how different policies, interests and actions
violate human rights in the name of globalisation, personal and corporate
interests and the security agenda.
The Reality of Aid,
Africa Edition is targeted at policymakers in Africa, particularly Heads
of States, African Finance Ministers, Ambassadors to the United Nations
and other agencies. It is also aimed at enlisting wider support of CSO
groups both in the South and North to stimulate discussions with their
constituencies on issues raised.
AFRODAD has already
started preparatory work on the next ROA edition, which will focus on
the contribution of aid to the achievement of the Millennium Development
AFRODAD finds the
Reality of Aid as a cross cutting issue in development work and therefore
the need and importance of analyzing it and its impact as it leads to
more complex problems like debt and dependency among others. Aid comes
in the form of grants, loans and technical expertise. Ideally aid on its
own is not problematic, it is in fact a positive thing. Aid only becomes
a problem when it starts to bring about such huge negative impacts as
debt, increasing poverty and dependency.
The fundamental question
therefore is "Does Africa need Aid, if so how best can the aid be
made to work and benefit all, if not, what other alternatives can be pursed
to generate the required resources?"
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