In two weeks there will be a huge international meeting on aid effectiveness in Busan, South Korea. Ban Ki-moon and Hillary Clinton will be among the two thousand delegates who gather together to discuss improvements in how… Continue reading
This joint post with Rita Perakis first appeared on the CGD blog.
Has the aid industry introduced the reforms it agreed in 2005 to make aid more effective? No, according to the survey published last week by the OECD… Continue reading
On Friday the World Bank London office had a meeting on ‘the Future of Aid’. The meeting was, according to the tortuous language of the invitation, “conducted in an informal manner with interested stakeholders from governments, civil society,… Continue reading
This blog post was first published on the CGAP Microfinance blog.
It seems extraordinary that after 50 years of international aid, there is still no consensus on whether it works. Zambian economist Dambisa Moyo (Dead Aid)… Continue reading
Primary school close to our house in Addis Ababa
Living in Ethiopia for the last three years, I saw aid working every day. I saw children going to school, health workers in rural villages, and food or cash preventing hunger… Continue reading
The interesting question in development is not whether aid works or does not work. Not surprisingly, the answer is that some aid works and some doesn’t. A more interesting question is: what kind of aid works best?
Nick… Continue reading
The second of a pair of posts on aid transparency: this one looking at proposed next steps, particularly focusing on how we can provide meaningful transparency for citizens in developing countries.
I’ve spent the last three years working on aid transparency. As I’m moving on to an exciting new role this seems a good time to reflect on what I’ve learned in the last three years. Busy readers may want to read just the 8-point summary.
A shortened version of this article was published on the Guardian Development website on 28 January 2011.
On the Oxfam blog, Max Lawson has an excellent guest post telling the story of how Malawi has used an extensive programme of fertilizer subsidies to generate seven years of economic growth, reduductions in poverty and child deaths.
Max cites… Continue reading
Shanta Devarajan asks if we have found Development 3.0
Shanta Devarajan, the World Bank Chief Economist for Africa, describes in an important new blog post the evolution of development policy in terms of changing ideas about market failures and government… Continue reading
Tim Harford had an interesting article in the FT in August arguing that we are better off in most walks of life if there is experimentation and a multiplicity of approaches.
But how do we value diversity in the… Continue reading
If better measurement of results is used by aid agencies to simplify the way they manage aid programmes, rather than just adding new reporting, it creates the opportunity to reduce bureaucracy, decentralise decision-making, increase country ownership, increase the focus on outcomes that really matter, step away from linear, deterministic thinking about how results are achieved, focus more on relationships and institutions, and really liberate development workers to work on what really motivates them - delivering change on the ground - and less on managing the bureaucracy at home.
Two interesting new articles start with the premise that the aid system needs to be overhauled, and then reach radically different conclusions about what this means in practice.
First up, Roger Riddell says we need a radical rethink… Continue reading
A new Oxfam paper, written by the excellent Jasmine Burnley, looks at 21st Century aid. Here is a good summary paragraph:
“We are now at a crossroads. On the one side, is politically motivated or ineffective aid – much… Continue reading
I’ve been gratified by the number of people who have contacted me (by email, twitter and on facebook) to say how much they liked one of the slides in my recent presentation on aid effectiveness.
The slide… Continue reading
Why the Paris agenda won't deliver aid effectiveness: my presentation at the Ethiopia Donors Assistance Group meeting yesterday. Also my first experiment with publishing a narrated presentation. Continue reading
What are good ways to get feedback from the intended benefiaries of an aid programme? Can we use text messaging and other technologies to crowdsource monitoring? Over at Virtual Economics, Matt is interested in good examples to learn from. Continue reading
An extraordinary thing happened yesterday: an aid project (1 million t shirts for Africa) was subjected to impromptu crowd-sourced appraisal on twitter and the blogs. Is this the beginning of a new, post-bureaucratic way of doing project appraisal? Continue reading
Apparently Bill Gates now acknowledges that you fight diseases by strengthening health systems. Continue reading