Donors trying to set Africa agenda, says Chinamasa

HARARE - Western aid donors should take note of Africa’s changing priorities, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has said.

Speaking at the 25th anniversary of the African Capacity Building Foundation last week, Chinamasa urged the continent to beware of development partners who mean well but give money for specific areas that are not Africa’s priority.

His remarks are in line with other data suggesting that the wealthy have differing priorities from average Africans and their governments.

“Generally, development partners mean well but they give money for specific areas that are not your priority and before you know it, you are driving someone else’s agenda unwittingly. We need to engage in constructive debate with development partners,” Chinamasa said, adding that, “We need to take ownership of decisions and not be influenced by outside parties.”

Chinamasa’s latest remarks have once again stirred up the perennial debate about the role of donors and recipient African states.

He also suggested that dialogue needed to be strengthened between governments and non-State actors, particularly to address mutual suspicions arising from the external financing of these actors who were encouraged to drive agendas that were not in line with national agendas.

Comments (6)

Whoever pays the piper calls the tune its that simple. If you incompetent so and so in zanu were not as corrupt and uncouth and lading the country with your misplaced priorities then you would not be need for foreign aid to start with.

Galore 123 - 9 May 2016

I we ndiwe urikuda kubatsirwa wotoda futi Kuita tunharo tusina basa.Kana muchizvigona itaika muone kana vachiku controler yi.Murume mukuru anotaura zvakadhakwa kudaro. Tibvirei apo.

matsotsi - 9 May 2016

Africa's changing priorities "stealing , looting and killing its own people" When Zanu pf took over this, country was on the road to be a potential big donor itself, and only to be messed up instead of building it further.

X-MAN IV - 9 May 2016

Simply admit failure instead of blaming donors, are the donors the ones who made 15 billion dollars worth of diamonds to disappear?If those diamonds were properly accounted for, could the country be going around with a begging bowl?

Gen Spinola - 9 May 2016

Minister you have nothing to tell the world because your economy in intensive care. I think you should tell the world what you intend to do to be able to turn around the performance of the Zimbabwean economy. The Zimbabwe dollar was the strongest currency in southern Africa at independence, but right now it is dead and is more than 8 years buried. Making unnecessary political statements will not yield anything positive for Zimbabwe. The Donors you are trying so hard to accuse are serving the lives of innocent and vulnerable people in the country. You and your Government have totally failed to revive the economy. The truth of the matter honourable Chinamasa is you have no idea of running the economy if any idea is all about ruining the economy.

makanya - 9 May 2016

These fools should not be leaders for anything, there are beggars and want to put conditions. Zimbabwean people as long we think the white man owes us we will never be free. This Mugabe verminous mentality will not take us anywhere but cement our fate in this victim mentality prison.

Christ In Me - 10 May 2016

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