From:  Moçambique: Increasing economic growth and political stability in the post civil-war era:  Useful strategies:  Summary of an organizational consultation completed in November 1991

© 1992, 1999, 2016 by Stan De Loach, Ph.D., organizational consultant

9.   Appeal to donated (and handy) resources

The governments of developing nations have access to a diversity of free services, consultations, and technical advice.  European (for example, Finland), Asian, African, North American, and international business, industry, and private organizations are willing to offer valuable assistance free of charge.  The government should rely upon these assorted avenues of assistance whenever possible.

Politically, turning to these resources is a shrewd course of action.  Depending on these methods of advancing a nation's society and economy is generally less contaminated by future political obligations on the part of the recipient than is acceptance of frank economic aid in the form of gifts or loans.

Advice and assistance should be sought from foreign businesses more frequently than from foreign government sources.  This strategy minimizes political entanglements and allows a nation to retain a degree of independence and pride in its sovereignty.

Collaboration with other nations can possess a nearly apolitical character.  For example, the children of foreign diplomatic corps personnel, together with the children of Moçambican government employees, might sponsor an annual event of a sporting, social, culinary, or educational nature.  The event might benefit a selected needy segment of Moçambican society.  Likewise, the spouses of resident foreign diplomatic corps personnel might be encouraged to provide organized social services for homeless children or another deserving but underserved group.

Diplomatic personnel have usually traveled widely.  They have experienced various cultures and political systems; they are familiar with solutions tried, proven, or abandoned in other nations.  The knowledge that they have gained from their experience is a valuable resource to be consulted.  As the government works to remedy social needs and economic difficulties, its appropriate use of this and other handy resources proffered by non-Moçambican persons and organizations reflects competence and promotes continuable political stability.

Domestically, the government might increase appropriate public-service use of the television and radio media to inform the public of its programs, successes, intentions, and failures.  Increasing the frequency of government's communication with the public raises the level of the populace's political education and leads to realistic expectations of government officials.

The government should make greater use of the media to disseminate information about general nutrition, the importance of dairy products, birth control, sanitation, national health problems such as AIDS, and tobacco and alcohol use.  Care should be taken to provide timely and relevant information, not political propaganda.  Explicit or apparent political motives negate the value of government's broadcast of this information.

Especially in cultural, health care, and educational matters, the population benefits from the government's entry into collaboration with non-Moçambican agencies.  For example, a project, managed by foreign nationals with local help and support, might be organized to solicit surplus food from the freight ships that regularly visit Moçambican ports.  The project might collect the food and distribute it to homeless or indigent children or to orphanages.  Already the stewards on these ships routinely distribute comestibles, but the process is not organized.  The informality of the operation reduces the efficiency and reliability.  A legitimate, organized avenue for the expression of charitable impulses may increase the seamen's generosity and satisfaction.

Serviceable used clothing and footwear from abroad are delivered to the nation's ports without cost or at low cost.  Currently, the distribution of the goods received is not in accordance with the wishes and intentions of the donating organizations.  Distribution is intended to be free and impartial to individuals in need, in all parts of the nation.  These purposes are known to the public.  Presently, the goods are sold, stolen, or destroyed.  The corrupt and irregular failure to execute the donors' intentions creates resentment and distrust toward the Moçambican government at home and abroad and may lead to a curtailment of such charity.
 

Reports on consultations in other areas:
1.    Steps to stimulate and reward excellence
2.    Immigration policies
3.    Transportation
4.    Tourism: Stable source of economic, cultural, and political enrichment
5.    Education and the welfare of children
6.    Stimulating the production of key agricultural products
7.    Export strategies
8.    Rational tax and tariff structures
9.    Appeal to donated (and handy) resources
10.  Managing corruption in government personnel and services
11.  Political decision-making for long-range progress



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