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close this bookAfrica's Valuable Assets - A Reader in Natural Resource Management (WRI, 1998, 464 pages)
close this folder2. Institutionalizing Environmental Management in Africa
close this folderDevelopment Assistance
close this folderConclusions and Recommendations on Funding Support
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View the documentRecommendations


· African governments should review and rationalize the contribution of international development assistance to their strategic environmental planning processes. Funding agencies and recipient governments must institute regular review meetings, apart from annual negotiation conferences, to discuss the problems related to funder intervention.

· Development assistance agencies should review their policies, especially with respect to technical assistance, and commit their resources to longer-term programs in support of planning activities.

· Funder intervention in strategic planning should not be considered permanent, but should instead be geared toward supporting priority development activities. Development assistance should create an environment that will discourage a "brain drain" from recipient countries.

· The principles of collaboration and coordination between and among development assistance agencies must be reevaluated with the need for flexibility in relations with African countries in mind.

· The arrangement between the funding agencies and the recipient central governments should make more explicit provisions for true stakeholder participation in all stages of the project cycle through local consultations and information dissemination. More openness in funding is needed, among both funding agencies and recipient governments.

· Development assistance agencies must be prepared to support long-term projects that may not produce immediate results, while recipient countries should not consider such investments a permanent source of budgetary support. African governments should pursue economic reform to improve national economic performance and reduce their dependence on development assistance funds.