I must state that I was moved by the Dutch Minister’s visit this week. Ben Knapen the Secretary for European affairs and International Cooperation Minister, toured the projects funded by his government under the Common Development Fund (CDF) in the Northern Province.
The visit is necessary because that is one of the ways the funders would know whether their funds are making a difference in communities. It is also good for accountability purposes. I am not also surprised that Knapen was impressed by the activities on the ground because Rwanda’s record on putting to good use donors and, indeed, taxpayers’ money, is well documented.
While it’s important that willing foreign partners continue to provide us with support in our campaign against poverty and to move forward economically, it is equally vital for them to come around and ascertain, for themselves, whether their financial assistance gets to the intended beneficiaries, and, whether it’s making a difference.
And, by doing so, donor governments will be in a better position to give accountability reports to their own taxpayers.