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When does the donor fatigue occur?

KOICA Programme Officer, Tanzania Office, Ms Min-jee Kang (standing) briefs government officers on their itinerary before they left for Korea to attend a three week Local Administrative Management Course recently. (Photo courtesy of KOICA)TANZANIANS are still striving to improve the local government setup by working hard to acquire knowledge. It is a blessing that the country still continues to enjoy genuine support from its friends, who are helping the nation to create an effective and efficient local administrative management.

It is expected that if there is a local administrative management cadre which is self-disciplined, intelligent, responsible and presentable, the local governments will be functioning effectively. Some management experts concur that an administrator must be positive, enthusiastic, have good leadership skills, get on well with people, be firm but just and have the ability and perseverance to try and help the company achieve their goals.

These managers should be able to motivate others who fall under their supervision and make them feel that they are an important cog in the business wheel.  The training should help to address some of the shortfalls in terms of accountability and transparency in local government.

It is part of the government’s efforts to train employees in various sectors in the country. Our development partners are committed to help us achieve what they have so far achieved in terms of development.Last week fifteen Tanzanian government officers left for Korea to attend a 3-week Local Administrative Management Course regarded as Country-specific Fellowship Programme team.

The training is held in Korea from September 9- 29, 2012 at Local Government Officials Development Institute, Ministry of Public Administration and Security. This is one of KOICA’s training programmes established under the 2012 government of Korea Technical Cooperation Programme.

Often, we have heard of people asking themselves what went wrong with the African countries in terms of achieving development when compared to the Asian tigers, which attained independence almost in the same period like Tanzania and other African countries.The question goes further; what has gone wrong all together with most African countries in terms of development?

Similar views were expressed recently by the Rukwa Regional Administrative Secretary, Mr Salum Chima, over the delay in development in African countries.He says: “Korea was just a developing country like Tanzania at the time the country attained independence in 1961.
It is true that these African countries and Asian countries were almost at per at that time of independence.

So many studies are showing that these nations were almost the same in terms of development, but today Korea including other Asian countries is ahead of us. Some management experts argue that it was the local administrative management which was still wanting.Most of the local government leaders lack administrative skills as manifested in the day-to-day management of the councils.

But it is never too late for the nation to tackle this problem. What matters most is that the fifteen officers, who are attending the management course as part of the requirement should bring case studies with them to Korea to share some of the challenges that affect the local administration as well as their success stories.

We are supposed to take note that the training is supposed to make us improve since the opportunity given to the nation by the government of Korea is meant to help us build our own management experts.  We need to learn what methods these countries used to achieve their development.

“This is why we are taking this opportunity to go learn from them so that we can bring good models from Korea to effect changes,” said one of the participants.But these experts upon coming back should be willing to volunteer in local government and train the personnel.
Regional Administrative Secretary of Arusha Ms Evelyne Itanisa said that the programme would help them bring changes in different areas in their lines of duty.

Meanwhile, KOICA Programme Officer, Tanzania Office, Ms Min-jee Kang, said that the programme has been designed to enable participants share Korea’s experiences in the field of management, and to strengthen partnerships with participating countries. The programme officer said that the objectives of this course are to improve the vision and strategy for the development of Tanzania by sharing Korea’s experiences in local administration, administrative transparency, human resources development (HRD) and agricultural development.

“We also want to collaborate with Tanzania in capacity building of senior government officials and to promote a better understanding and more friendly relations between Korea and Tanzania,” she said.But down the road the spirit should be to learn different things about transparency, human resources development and agricultural development, which are vital for Tanzania.We should always bear in mind that if we do not grab these opportunities to learn and bring transformation to the nation, the development

partners might feel fatigue to continue supporting us if they cannot see any results.Let those who have the opportunity now to attend these prestigious courses and training take them seriously and see into it that they translate management models that they are learning into practice to bring better life for every Tanzanian.

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