Interview with Compassion International East Africa Area Director, Ephraim Gensi
“The continent needs untied aid. Conditions should not be attached to aid. Don’t give me a horse while I need a truck!” Compassion International East Africa Area Director, Ephraim Gensi, said on the sidelines of African Economic Conference.
Question: As an observer, what is your impression about this year’s African Economic Conference?
Answer: Thanks for the question. Africa is holding too many conferences. I am currently in Addis-Ababa for another meeting. One big question today is: Are there follow-up actions after all these meetings?
Question: What, according to you, should be done to boost African economies?
Answer: For me, development brings security; and security, inevitably brings development. Good governance should absolutely follow. Unfortunately, unrealistic loans are granted to our governments with very high interest rates. The continent lags behind, owing to the fact that our development concepts are determined by donors. We need to design our own development concepts. Moreover, investments should flow. Your meetings should come up at least with the conclusion that funds should be made available to development agents without conditions. The continent needs untied aid. Conditions should not be attached to aid. Don’t give me a horse while I need a truck!
Question: One word about political leaders?
Answer: African political leaders should measure their people’s expectations.