East Africa is one of the most dynamic regions on the planet. Cities and economies are growing. Local business leaders are emerging, while international corporations are eager to invest in a region rich in resources, creativity and markets.
Still, East Africa — and countries on the Horn of Africa in particular — face enormous development challenges. Foreign aid continues to fill a vital gap in funding for social services, and international organizations are key to delivering those services effectively, efficiently and in a way that ensures their impacts persist beyond the lifetime of any one project.
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We can’t replace local organizations
But how is the funding landscape changing in East Africa? What challenges do local organizations face as they assume greater leadership of the development agenda? And how are the demands placed on aid organization managers changing as the business of development shifts — and the region undergoes seismic change?
Mubita Lifwatila tackles these and other questions in this recently recorded Google Hangout. Lifwatila, based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, currently serves as RTI International’s director of finance and operations for a malaria project supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development.