NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
African countries should explore modern and
technology-driven mechanisms for delivering external aid to help
tackle the continent’s pressing challenges like poverty, hunger,
disease and environmental depletion, expert said on Tuesday at a
two-day forum in Nairobi.
The experts drawn
from governments, multilateral agencies, industry and academia
who attended the Aid and International Development Forum Africa
Summit agreed that a paradigm shift was required to promote
optimal utilization of donor funds in Africa.
the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Representative in
Kenya, said harnessing innovations coupled with policy reforms
and good governance is key to ensuring external aid reaches the
vulnerable populations in Africa.
“We require new and
robust approaches to deliver aid and achieve maximum impacts.
Africa still requires external aid to accelerate sustainable
development,” said Rugalema.
Kenya hosted the
forum against a backdrop of declining external support towards
humanitarian and poverty alleviation projects in the continent.
Rugalema noted that
shrinking overseas development assistance offers an opportunity
for African countries to harness domestic resources.
from external sources is declining hence the need for our
governments to engage the local private sector that can offer
finances, skills and technology to help us tackle the burden of
diseases, child malnutrition and poor sanitation,” Rugalema told
He proposed the
strengthening of public private partnerships to promote
investments in agriculture, natural resources management and
climate change response.
should embark on reforming their policy and legislative
frameworks, harness a digital boom and abundant youthful skilled
labor to enhance delivery of financial aid to vulnerable
Mamadou Biteye, the
Managing Director of the African Region Office at the
Rockefeller Foundation, said local innovations and strategic
partnerships could create maximum impact on financial aid
channeled to African countries.
of development aid requires supportive policies, infrastructure
and sensitivity to local customs,” Biteye said.
“Partnerships are at
the core of successful implementation of development programs,”