‘Govt should be innovative on resource mobilisation’
THE Government of Eswatini has been encouraged to be more innovative when it comes to resource mobilisation.
This was stated by United Nations Resident Coordinator Israel Dessalegne, who was speaking at the development partner’s consultation meeting that was held at Happy Valley yesterday.
Dessalegne said resource mobilisation has become increasingly challenging under the current international environment. “It is important to reflect on the traditional funding mechanisms for African countries with a view to coming up with innovative ways and means of mobilising resources,” he said.
According to Dessalegne, proper resource mobilisation in the African community, inclusive of Eswatini, could in turn influence partner’s mindsets and decisions to provide additional resources for the countries programmes of development cooperation. Dessalegne advised the government on joint monitoring as opposed to unilateral tracing of progresses and challenges. The country has had regular reports on development cooperation which is a good example even though there is scope for further refining of data quality, Dessalegne noted.
The government was also advised to increase utilisation of national expertise through strengthening of human resources capacity, limiting the use of external professionals mainly to short term high level technical advisory services with clear and concise exit strategies.
As well, the government was advised to address challenges relating to absortive capacity of target institutions and appropriate synchronisation of technical assistance programmes with national investment plans and programmes.
Furthermore, Dessalegne said Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries continue to be faced with development challenges such as declining and non-inclusive economic growth, high levels of poverty and inequality climate change and recurrent drought and youthful population in the face of high unemployment rate. According to Dessalegne, the key message in this regard is alignment of development cooperation with the needs and priorities of the countries.
FOCUSED: Part of the attendees listening to one of the presentations at Happy Valley.
REPRESENTING: EU representatives listening to the speaker at Happy Valley.
ALL THE WAY: Representatives from the African Development Bank (AfDB) listening to a presentation done by Principal Economist in the ministry of economic planning and development Sibusiso Mavimbela.