Information, not coordination, is the key to aid effectiveness. Some donors such as USAID are becoming interested in a more decentralized ‘Google Maps’ approach to aid coordination,… Continue reading →
George Bush famously asked, ‘Is our children learning?’. That’s also the question by Uwezo, a coalition of NGOs working in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Their report published today makes dismal reading about the quality of schools.
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.
Last week’s UN meetings in New York prompted a flurry of papers, speeches, documents, announcements and articles about development in general, and the Millennium Development Goals in particular. There seem to be three emerging development narratives which are not… Continue reading →
There is a growing trend towards publication of data, rather than or as well as information and analysis. Aid agencies need to move in this direction; and they need to do so in a way that enables the data to be analysed from the perspective of a user - such as a citizen in a developing country. To make this task tractable requires some cooperation among donors to standardize the way the data are published. 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 →
Seventeen years ago this month, I set up the first British government website. I was a young economist at the UK Treasury, and I thought the budget documents should be available online. I proposed this to the… Continue reading →