The Guardian development blog is running a series of end of year reflections on development, including one by me. Many of the articles are upbeat about progress in developing countries, but pessimistic about the short term economic prospects for … Go to www.owen.org to read the restRead the full post »
From the Financial Times comes news that David Cameron and Nick Clegg are planning to employ more political special advisers than the previous government; while the media and public try to work out whether there is anything improper about the … Go to www.owen.org to read the restRead the full post »
Development advocates have to make the case for aid. They are right to say that development is in the national interest of the donor, but it may be a mistake to put this at the centre of the argument. Most people don’t need to be convinced that development is desirable; they need to be convinced that aid works.Read the full post »
Save the Children has today published a new report, <a href="http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/en/54_14725.htm">No Child Born to Die: Closing the Gaps</a>. This blog post looks at what is good about the report (most of it) but quibbles with the recommendations to prevent the recruitment of health workers by developed countries, and with the call to drive down vaccine prices.Read the full post »
Judging by the 2010 Commitment to Development Index, the UK is doing a better job at securing and spending a rising aid budget than it is at getting the rest of government to pursue development-friendly policies.Read the full post »
On January 13th, a leader in The Times and Kevin Watkins in The Guardian attacked the development policies of the UK Conservative Party, from opposite sides of the political spectrum. The Times Leader says that the Conservatives are wrong to … Go to www.owen.org to read the restRead the full post »
My new working paper, Beyond Planning: Markets and Networks for Better Aid is on the Center for Global Development website in the innovations in aid series.
In the paper I argue that more planning and coordiation among donors will not … Go to www.owen.org to read the restRead the full post »