Author: Suman Chowdry (Mony), August 18 2014 - Many donor organizations and countries of the world have been donating or lending billions of money as aid for a long time in many third world countries and underdeveloped and developing countries for organizing various types of social and economic development programs including poverty alleviation. Many countries do their development work by using foreign assistance. There are many NGOs and government organizations established for doing various types of development activities, including poverty alleviation programs or works. We know, the aid expectant organizations prepare several project proposals and generally donor organizations or countries approve those proposals, doing some changes, or not, and give them funding, donations or debt to implement those programs/projects. After getting funding, those organizations or authorities try to finish their project within the project tenure, and they publish a beautiful and good looking (successful!!!) project completion report and send it to funding organizations and many others organizations and authorities, desiring further assistance for upcoming other projects.
But what are the roles of fund raiser organizations or authorities in the time of project implementation??????
Only doing monitoring works or show some pattern of monitoring activities!!!!!!!!!!!!
What are the results of those projects? What are the achievements? For what purposes do donors give their funds? Have the implementers successfully completed those projects? What are the outcomes? Are those completed projects or programs bringing positive and helpful results for the related people, societies and the countries? What are the real pictures of our poor and non-developed countries?
There are many questions. Year after year, donors have been funding huge amounts of money in many countries for various types of social and economic development matters, including poverty alleviation. In spite of the huge amount of donations, debts, aid and foreign assistance, there are no rational achievements of desired results in most of the foreign-assistance-taking countries. It is true: if the disbursed money and other assistance were used in precise ways, and the donors and projects implementers gave their 100 % efforts to capture the expected projects goals and worked for bringing positive results for mankind, the society, and countries, then there likely were some positive outcomes in those countries. But the real picture is not like that.
Where are the problems? Corruption is common and easy in the developing and under-developed countries. Is it true there are various types of problems in NGO management and corruptions are already entered in there?
Or, what? - Unskilled country offices of donor agencies? I want to believe that every branch of our donor agencies is skilled.
Maybe our honourable donor organizations and countries never search the answers to those questions!!!! Disbursing only huge amounts of money, from a voluntary perspective, is not the greatest work, but, when that money helps to improve the current circumstances of the group of people in focus and a related society and area, then the action of donors comes forth as great work.
But when the assistance of donors cannot bring the proper results for which they disbursed funds, then we should rethink it. Our honourable donors should rethink and rearrange their actions for poverty alleviation and types of social and economic development work in the developing and underdeveloped countries. Their assistance should not bring fruitless results; they should gain their expected results for mankind and for creating a better world for all by their successful efforts.