About Aid Watch
The Aid Watch blog is a project of New York University's Development Research Institute (DRI). This blog is principally written by William Easterly, author of "The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics" and "The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good," and Professor of Economics at NYU. It is co-written by Laura Freschi and by occasional guest bloggers. Our work is based on the idea that more aid will reach the poor the more people are watching aid.
"Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking." - H.L. Mencken
- Rukmini on Aid Watch blog ends; New work on development begins : This has been a valuable resource for me and I’m sorry to see it...
- Jesse on From Hell to Prosperity: I would like to see this graph with a comparative one which shows the number of people in each religion...
- Ellie on Aid Watch blog ends; New work on development begins : Sad to see you go, but I certainly respect the decision. Hope it is...
- Vivek Nemana on From Hell to Prosperity: Jeff, Well, the billionaire effect might explain a disproportionately high mean income, but...
- M on Aid Watch blog ends; New work on development begins : I agree that Bill and Laura should think about how they can get their message...
- Mr. Econotarian on Are Lax US Gun Laws Spilling Violence into Mexico? : The paper says: “DHS data gives the number of illegal...
Monthly Archives: October 2009
Maybe it is not necessary that approaching health policy and health development assistance from a human rights framework undermine effective use of resources – but it often does. Bill has given the example of the misallocation of AIDS program funds (excess spending on treatment relative to prevention). I’d add excess spending on AIDS relative to[.....]
Yesterday’s FT op-ed on the right to health generated a lot of heat in this blog’s comments section. Several commenters disputed an absolute distinction between the “moral approach”—declaring health to be a human right, and the “pragmatic approach”—directing finite public resources to where they can benefit the most people at a given cost. Justin Krauss[.....]
Column published today in the Financial Times. The agonising US healthcare debate has taken on a new moral tone. President Barack Obama recently held a conference call with religious leaders in which he called healthcare “a core ethical and moral obligation”. Even Sarah Palin felt obliged to concede: “Each of us knows that we have[.....]
Me: Hello, I have a reservation for this evening, for a non-smoking room with one double bed. Hotel: Yes, the Hotel Reconstruction and Development Bank has approved an Overnight Accomodation and Poverty Reduction (OAPR) grant for this purpose. Me: So can I have my room please? Hotel: The OAPR committed the room, but in order[.....]
Suppose you needed to get from New York to Washington for a personal emergency. An airline told you that the projected time of departure for your one-hour flight was 2pm this afternoon. Of course, there is some uncertainty about this. The unstated promise of the airline is that this uncertainty will be kept within familiar[.....]
The following is a response from Martin Ravallion, director of the Development Research Group of the World Bank, on last week’s Aid Watch post, We must know how many are suffering, so let’s make up numbers. Pull your head out of the sand Bill Easterly! Faced with all these perceived “impossibilities,” Easterly and Freschi would[.....]
- Zoellick speech on the eve of Istanbul: Current upheaval = French revolution, Africa’s growth potential = Europe’s with Marshall Plan. Earth-shaking changes: “Bretton Woods is being overhauled before our eyes.” – Impartial observers like Nancy Birdsall noticed more “the timidity of planned reforms” like glacial reform on quota/voting power at the IMF and the[.....]
Paul Romer, an economist and expert on economic growth, is the man behind the concept of Charter Cities. In this interview, we asked him about his objectives, the odds of achieving international consensus, and economic policy-making and voting rights in the proposed Charter Cities. Q: Describe briefly your Charter Cities idea. A: The concept of[.....]
The first two sentences come out of thousands of commencement addresses, not to mention inspirational foreign aid addresses. But they’re bad advice. Social entrepreneurs in foreign aid might learn from private sector entrepreneurs, who don’t stick to fixed goals. A University of Illinois graduate moved to Silicon Valley with a great goal (perhaps inspired by[.....]