A letter in today's Financial Times by Caroline Fiennes, David Hall Matthews, Fran Perrin, Vij Ramachandran and me argues that relief efforts could be more effective if humanitarian aid agencies published details of what they are doing
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.)
The Center for Global Development and our partner Social Finance has just published a big new report on Development Impact Bonds. The Working Group invites comments on the draft report over the next six weeks.
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.
In which I am sceptical about a proposed new public-private partnership to tackle hunger.
In the second of a series of three Development Drums podcasts about the relationship between citizens, states and development, Duncan Green talks about effective states and active citizens. Duncan is widely known for his terrific development blog; he is also the author of an ambitious book, From Poverty to Power, which is now out in its second edition.
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.
In an article for the Guardian's (new) Global Development Professionals Network I argue that development policy in the 21st century needs be about more than administering aid.
A blog post linking to an article by Mark Tran in the Guardian. The article quotes me saying: "The risk is that the G8 will think that they can address these issues by earmarking some of their aid programmes and they will not feel under pressure to make the systemic changes which only they can make."
Two reasons why I am concerned about plans for a big campaign in 2013 on food, agriculture, hunger, food security and nutrition.
If you read this blog, you might be interested in this job with the good people at Global Integrity. The post is based in Washington DC:
Project Manager – This position will play a key role in managing and… Continue reading
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
All effective complex systems got that way by a process of evolution. Evolution requires both variation and selection. The development industry has quite a lot of variation, but not enough selection. Better selection is not just a matter of more rigorous top-down evaluation, but also bottom up pressure from the intended beneficiaries. Continue reading
Nick Kristof writes approvingly in the New York Times about faith based aid organisations:
Some liberals are pushing to end the longtime practice (it’s a myth that this started with President George W. Bush) of channeling American aid through faith-based… Continue reading
I am grateful to Oxfam’s Duncan Green for his fair and thoughtful review of my paper about improving aid, Beyond Planning: Markets and Networks for Better Aid.
I’m glad that Duncan and Chris, his Oxfam colleague, endorse a… Continue reading
I have been contacted through my website by somebody saying:
we are working to save lives orphans in south Ethiopia, Wolaita. but still we don’t have our own website to spread our works and sounds of orphans. please try… Continue reading
I love this black humour about useless NGOs:
It reminds me of a joke that we had in Malawi about the proliferation of useless (and often fraudulent) NGOs – we talked about the NGO TWACIB, which stood for “Two… Continue reading