By: Yusuf M Hasan
HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – The country is to hold its first public briefings by international donor agencies.
The two days briefing to be held at Mansoor Hotel on the 29th & 30th August has attracted a lot of interest from members of the public who will be availed an opportunity to question the over 100 donor organizations on their activities.
According to the minister of planning Dr Saad Ali Shire whose ministry is running the hitherto unknown show revealed that the 2 days briefing by Humanitarian and development Agencies both local and international is the first , plans are afoot to make the activity an annual event.
during a press briefing in his office in Hargeisa. Dr Saad informed that Once the donor organizations and UN agencies have briefed on their activities members of the public will be given an opportunity to field questions related to the briefings,” said the minister”
Sad he, “I urge Somalilanders to full advantage of this opportunity thus get firsthand information on what these agencies do in the country”
While it is a fact that interventions by international donor agencies in partnership with local NGO’s have contributed greatly towards elevating the country from a reconstruction to a development stage most of their activities are shrouded in secrecy.
On the other hand, the forthcoming event will also bring to light which agencies actually achieve their objectives as opposed to the many that are known or suspected of being joyriders thus spend all funds commuting between Nairobi and Hargeisa.