A stethescope and some 100 euro notes

More health for the money

Here is a nice video by my CGD colleagues about our new report on value for money at the Global Fund. Read the full post »
A still from a video showing Jim Kim in a white leather jacket, dancing

Science to Deliver, but no ‘Science of Delivery’

Delivery requires iteration and adaptation rather than a "science". Perhaps the time has come for a Manifesto for Agile Development? Read the full post »
A computer generated graphic with calculator, pie chart, bar chart

Show your working (international aid edition)

Proposals for how DFID should improve the Bilateral Aid Review (BAR) by adopting the principle of 'show your working'. Read the full post »
Side view of a Border collie eating from its bowl, isolated on white

Dogfood and disruption

The new "Development Tracker" website launched in beta by DFID is disruptive in two important ways: one which will appeal especially to open data geeks, and one which will appeal to development geeks. (I am proud to call myself both.) Read the full post »
Daron Acemoglu, Jim Robinson, Owen Barder

It’s the politics, stupid

One thing that the public knows, which many development experts apparently do not, is that poor countries are poor because they are badly governed and have institutions which prevent growth and permit a small elite to capture the nation's wealth. According to Why Nations Fail, by Daron Acemoğlu and Jim Robinson, the public is (as usual) basically right. Read the full post »
Colourful Recycling Bins

Waste not, want not

In which I am sceptical about a proposed new public-private partnership to tackle hunger. Read the full post »
Big Data Storage Information World Map Concept

Next steps in aid transparency a game changer?

I'm quoted in a blog post at the Economist today about aid transparency:
Ms Greening’s strategy is the requirement that any organisation receiving DfID funds publish clear information about where the money is going. This far-reaching transparency initiative is potentially a “game-changer”, says Owen Barder, a senior fellow and director for Europe at the Center for Global Development, a Washington, DC-based think tank.
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Protesters with placards outside the UK High Court, 1994

Learning from failure: the Pergau Dam story

Sir Tim Lankester talked about the Pergau Dam affair at this event co-hosted by CGD in Europe and the Institute for Government.  Watch the video here. Read the full post »
Marlborough House, home of the Commonwealth Secretariat

Three Lessons from Britain’s Multilateral Aid Review

Britain's National Audit Office (NAO) has published a glowing report on the British Multilateral Aid Review.  There are three lessons: the aid review increased aid effectiveness; was hampered by poor data; and will more effective if donors collaborate. Read the full post »
Owen Barder and Toby Eccles at the end of a conference table, with a picture of children behind them

Could ‘Development Impact Bonds’ work?

Discussing the work of the CGD and Social Finance Development Impact Bonds Working Group. Read the full post »
A man pushing a huge pile of paper

Seven worries about focusing on results, and how to manage them

This post sets out seven worries about the results agenda; four reasons why the results agenda is vital; and a series of measures aimed at balancing these concerns. Read the full post »
A man pushing a huge pile of paper

What are the results agenda?

People who talk about 'the results agenda' in aid mean at least four different things. The differences might be important. Read the full post »
People arriving at the Busan Conference Centre

What happened in Busan?

"In years to come, I expect that we will look back on the Busan agreement as a reflection of changing realities, including the growing range of different kinds of donors and shifting geopolitical power.  I think it less likely that we will look back on Busan as having done much to shape those realities." Read the full post »
Rakesh Rajani speaking at the Open Government Partnership in New York

Warming to the Open Government Partnership

This joint post with Stephanie Majerowicz first appeared on the Views from the Center blog at the Center for Global Development

“The defining division these days is increasingly: open or closed? Are we open to the changing world? Or do

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The logo of the High Level Forum, hanging on the side of the conference centre

The open data revolution comes to aid

This blog post first appeared on the aidinfo site.

More than two thousand delegates have gathered today in Busan, South Korea, for the fourth installment of a succession of meetings aimed at making aid more effective.

There has been … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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The acronym BRICS in the flags of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa

Will donors hide behind China?

Will the largest aid donors hide behind China to excuse their inability to make substantial improvements in foreign aid?  How can Busan balance the desire to be more universal with the pressing need for real changes in the way aid Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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A Trojan Horse

Effective and transparent donors

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 aid is delivered.  … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Opening session of the International Donors' Conference towards a "New Future for Haiti".

What happens when donors fail to meet their commitments?

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 Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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This photo of men on horseback in front of Kate Kearney's Cottage in Kerry really does bring to mind a posse in Western films, with caps instead of stetsons. Were they tour guides perhaps?

Form a posse?

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, private Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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