Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with Ernest Wilson
Q: Was it because of your audits?
WILSON: The audits were just managerial tools. They had their impact, but basically the ideas and plans were good and they worked. I think the economic level of all of the countries increased considerably over time in spite of the wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua.
Q: But in this sense, your audit function went beyond just the accounting and tracking into project purpose.
Q: Was that a conscious thing?
WILSON: The countries needed assistance. They needed capabilities and they were willing to cooperate.
Q: But in terms of the audit function, it sounds like it was being broadened a bit by taking on project purposes.
Q: Was that a deliberate shift?
WILSON: I could attribute that to the ROCAP director, and the people who were running this program. We had some very good people.
Q: But there wasn't any guidance from Washington saying “We want to shift the orientation of our audits?”