AFRICA IS CHANGING AND SO SHOULD AID ORGANISATIONS

On the 21 st of May 2011 ,months before Ms Lagarde had become the head honcho at IMF,i had written about her being the most likely candidate to get the top job there.

Read about it here.

Not only was I weeks ahead of most news agencies,I had done my research well and nothing much had been written about her before the 21st of May.

Right now a Google search on her brings about 6,700,000 entries.

Check out these group of young women ,Akirachix.

They are using technology to change some of the challenges the continent faces and mentoring younger girls to follow in their footsteps.

My point…

change

Africa is setting trends in unprecedented places and the world is already taking interest.

Africa has the talent,the the people and the knowledge to be a trend setter in unusual places.

Aid agencies have found fertile ground in Africa because we acre a continent though gifted with astounding beauty,natural resources and people we sometimes fail to make the best use of what we have and end up victims of our own making.

Take the never-ending hunger and famine in the horn of Africa every decade.

I have lived in places where when it rains,it pours and tonnes of water go to waste.It is only recently that people started harvesting water and i have noticed  more  people putting up water storage tanks even in residential areas to harvest the precious liquid.

If we used that harvested water to water green houses in arid and semi-arid areas that make up a large part of the horn of Africa we would be able to feed ourselves all year round.

If aid organisations helped small farmers tap into the knowledge base that has made developed countries self-sufficient in terms of food we would no longer need to take out our begging bowls for food aid every five years.

In a few years time the largesse that makes up a large part of the donor agencies funds may start dwindling,what then?

Africa is at the cusp of a revolution right now and it is time aid organisations developed frameworks that will still have them in businesses in the next decade.

How can these aid organisations still remain relevant on a continent that is rapidly changing to keep up with the rest of the world?

How can aid organisations change the attitude of the people they help by enabling them to see aid is temporary and not a permanent solution to the problems Africa faces.

How can aid organisations make the growing population of Africa’s middle class a partner in the provision of solutions to the continents challenges?

Only the aid organisations know the answer to these and other questions but change in terms of policy, strategy and implementations is definitely going to  be top priority.

While we are talking about aid,it would  be a good idea to read the book Emergency Sex,tells the very colorful life of a group of aid workers .

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