|Bilateral Donors||US$ (mn)||Multilateral Donors||US$ (mn)|
|Source. Geographical Distribution and Financial Flows to Aid Recipients, 1990-1994 ( Paris: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development [OECD], 1996).|
bit dramatic, it will be extremely important to involve government institutions and Angolan civil organizations in rehabilitation and development.
The challenge for the international community will be to support Angola in rehabilitation and development, but to do so without making aid an excuse for not diverting Angolan economic resources to rehabilitation and development. As Chapter 5 will show, the challenges for improving the living conditions of the Angolan population are enormous and necessitate combined national and international efforts.
In discussions of the poor economic performance in postindependence Angola, production figures from the end of the colonial period are often cited. To provide a more realistic picture of the nature of the economic decline after independence, it should be emphasized that the 1973 comparison presents a somewhat distorted picture. For example, the Portuguese "topped" production during the early 1970s, with the main goal of getting international and domestic acceptance for continued colonization. Coffee areas were heavily exploited without giving proper time for plant regeneration, large building projects were started without the financial means to finish them, fish resources were seriously overexploited with detrimental impact on sustainability, and so forth. At the same time, produc