Efforts to reconstruct southern Sudan are held back by donor countries’ failure to deliver their aid pledges, local government officials and several development groups are saying, according to the Guardian.
The international community has so far provided only USD524 million of the USD2 billion it promised back in 2005, when peace was achieved between the region and the global community, the U.K. newspaper adds.
“We are very frustrated. We feel we are trying to build a country from scratch, but we are being kept at square one. Less than 25 percent of the money that was pledged has come through,” said Lewis Gore, director-general of the southern Sudan planning department. “It has just trickled in. The infrastructural problems are vast.”
Complex rules imposed on Sudan by the World Bank have also hindered development, according to the Guardian, citing a recent paper by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.