BY MARY KOISEN
AS A PAPUA NEW GUINEAN, personally I have not benefited from any aid from Australia.
When we had no water for years growing up in Hohola, where was AusAID.
When I went to primary school at Eki Vaki and shared a single desk with two other students, where was AusAID?
When we shared one textbook among the 30 of us in class, where was AusAID?
When we couldn't use the school toilets because it was beyond a child's ability to figure out how I was going to put my bum on all that stink, where was AusAID?
Mate, this was almost 20 years ago, and even to this day, it hasn't changed.
And the question begs - where is AusAID?
Let me tell you where it is. It is paying the dumb consultants they send to this country to create models for six months and then leave for the next consultant to come back and create yet another model overriding the previous one.
And there are just no real results.
We don't need these consultants sitting in whitewashed walls pushing paper.
What we need is hands-on individuals who are out there with the people: building wells, schools, desks, new facilities and getting the local people involved.
Practical wisdom. That's what is needed.