DFID is another donor that could not account for all its activities. When asked to provide information on the sectors and states DFID is operating in, it simply wrote saying ‘we do not require our programme managers to collect expenditure on a state-by-state basis.’…Huh? Isn’t Nigeria quite a big country? With quite a large population? Some casual googling tells me that the average (mean) Nigerian state has 3.7 million people, more populous than Liberia, Mauritania, Namibia, Botswana, or Lesotho.
Lagos State has 9 million people, more than Rwanda or Sierra Leone.
Why do countries get so much more weight in our decisions than people?
Quote from Global Dashboard’s summary of a Nigeria National Planning Commission report which analyses the aid to Nigeria between 1999 and 2007.