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TransparencyGate: the end of the road

by Till Bruckner, PhD candidate at the University of Bristol and former Transparency International Georgia aid monitoring coordinator. Sixteen months after I first filed a Freedom of Information Act request with USAID for the budgets of American-financed NGO projects in Georgia, I have reached the end of the road. Rejecting my appeal, USAID has confirmed that[.....]

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Lant Pritchett on what Obama got right about development

by Lant Pritchett, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University Obama’s speech at the MDG conference and the announced US Global Development Policy are the result of long preparation and internal discussions within the administration as part of the Presidential Study Directive, lead out of the NSC, announced a year ago, and the QDDR, prepared by[.....]

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Allow me to introduce the world’s latest aid skeptic: Barack Obama

If the international community just keeps doing the same things the same way, we will miss many development goals. For too long, we’ve measured our efforts by the dollars we spent … But aid alone is not development. Our focus on assistance has saved lives in the short term, but it hasn’t always improved those[.....]

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The worst-kept secret in aid: aid-receiving governments run the aid agencies

see UPDATE at end of this post Thomas Friedman had a good NYT column about Karzai yesterday. {{1}} His column cleared up the puzzlement created by a Dallas News editorial and other very similar stories about how Obama’s visit to Afghanistan to get Karzai to clean up corruption was great for “seizing Karzai’s attention.” Now we[.....]

Posted in Aid policies and approaches, Big ideas, In the news | Also tagged , , , 12 Comments

The best way nobody’s talking about to help Haitians

The following post is by Michael Clemens, a research fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC, and an affiliated associate professor of public policy at Georgetown University. The earthquake two weeks ago hit Haiti hard because Haiti is poor. The rich U.S. had similar earthquakes with far less carnage. So, what would do[.....]

Posted in Aid policies and approaches, Disaster relief, Migration | Also tagged , 31 Comments

Madagascar textile workers ask President Obama to keep their jobs for Christmas, but nobody is listening

Here’s an excerpt from an ad that appeared in the print edition of Politico today, paid for by the owners of apparel factories in Madagascar and one of their American investor partners. We have blogged about this seemingly obscure issue already many more times than you, our patient readers, may have wanted, but we see[.....]

Posted in Aid policies and approaches, Trade | Also tagged , 14 Comments

Day of mourning for military Development

News sources say that President Obama will choose “escalate” with additional troops for Afghanistan in his speech at West Point tonight. I and many like-minded individuals find this disastrous. “Like-minded” means that critics of top-down state plans for economic development are also not fans of top-down state plans for military development. If the Left likes[.....]

Posted in Grand plans and aid targets, Military aid | Also tagged 9 Comments

Africans already got the idea: “Africa does not need strong men, it needs strong institutions”

A reaction to President Obama’s speech in Ghana by Leonard Wantchekon, NYU Professor of Politics Overall, I like the theme of the President Obama’s speech in Ghana. Africans must own their future by strengthening democratic institutions and the rule of law in their countries, and by becoming less reliant on assistance. I also like the[.....]

Posted in Cognitive biases, Democracy and freedom, In the news | Also tagged , , 12 Comments
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