“Good decisions need neutrality,” according to Wanalher Ag Alwaly, projects officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development and Office of Transition Initiatives-funded Mali Transition Initiative.
This is one of the reasons there is still an important role for expatriates and their “neutral judgement” in global development contexts — in both conflict and peace situations — Alwaly, based in Gao, Mali, told Devex.
Alwaly graduated from Mali’s University of Bamako in 2006 with a degree in law before returning to his native Gao region. Since returning, he has built a career working at the community level to implement lasting development initiatives in governance, agriculture and public health that respond to the needs of a community to which he is closely connected.
Expats remain an important part of this picture, but the problem occurs when a project becomes “heavy” with expats at all levels for too long, he elaborated.
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