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This week leaders from across the globe, from both developing and donor countries, gathered in Busan, Republic of Korea to discuss aid effectiveness and country ownership.
In Busan the Africa Governance Initiative (AGI) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) hosted Taking Charge Not Taking Charity: How Africa Can Lead its Development, a panel discussion, featuring Liberian Minister Amara Konneh, South African Deputy Minister Nhlanhla Musa Nene, South Sudanese Minister Kosti Manibe Ngai, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah.
This event at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan allowed the panellists to discuss the role of country leadership and state effectiveness in ending aid dependency. It was both an enlightening and challenging dialogue, allowing the panellists to share their various experience and take questions from the audience and select pre-recorder questions from African leaders, development specialists and influential thinkers.
"We are optimists about Africa,” Tony Blair and Dr. Rajiv Shah said in a statement following the panel discussion. “Today, Africa offers opportunities one could scarcely imagine a generation ago. The continent is on the move…In large part this progress is due to a new generation of emerging African leaders-incredible men and women who are shaking the old narrative of a dormant Africa and replacing it with one of optimism, determination, and progress.”
They added that supporting and nurturing country leadership requires commitment on all sides and challenged those attending to supporting implementation capacity, openness and transparency, enlightened markets and a new partnership for development.