East Africa received nearly $9bn in aid in 2011, with the biggest chunk channelled to health. But this spending is out of step with East African citizens’ priorities: Jobs, income and infrastructure. TEA Graphic Nation Media Group
Survey reveals that the opinion of “recipient” countries is rarely sought when donor countries structure aid packages.
Health concerns have remained more or less constant (at just 5 per cent and 6 per cent of all responses) over the past decade despite massive investments by national and donor governments and steady improvements in national health indicators.
Inadequate infrastructure such as roads, railways and airports is a major problem holding back development in the East African region. All the EAC member states cite infrastructure as a priority for rapid economic growth.