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Reducing Energy Poverty: Money Isn’t the Problem, But Paying for Results Might be the Solution
December 01, 2016
Aid agencies are investing more in energy projects than ever before, but will they succeed? Not if they ignore the key obstacle to progress: governments that choose the status quo over serious reforms.
Cash on Delivery Aid for Energy
November 03, 2016
Energy is critical to human welfare, yet energy consumption in developing countries is extremely low relative to modern living standards. Conventional aid programs have invested in energy production with some success but also with many notable failures. This paper discusses how a distinctive approac...
First (Out)come, First Served? “Dispensers for Safe Water” Tests a COD Hypothesis
August 04, 2016
I’ve been working on the idea of Cash on Delivery (COD) for some years under the hypothesis that if we could define good outcome indicators, someone would step forward to buy them. So what would happen if an organization came forward with a plan to supply a verified outcome in r...
The New Leader in Cash on Delivery is… India!
July 25, 2016
Now the Government of India and the World Bank have adopted an approach using principles we describe as Cash on Delivery (COD). The program follows three of these principles by linking payments to outcomes, not inputs; independently verifying outcomes; and allowing recipients to take the l...
MCC Gets Serious About Paying for Results
April 21, 2016
For some time, we’ve been cheering MCC’s interest in pursuing approaches that pay for outcomes and encouraging the agency’s stakeholders to get onboard (here and here). Now we can applaud an important step forward. The agency’s new compact with M...
A New Strategy for the MCC – Podcast with Nancy Lee and Sarah Rose
March 08, 2016
A dozen years since it was set up with a remit to reduce global poverty through economic growth, the US government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation recently revealed a new Strategic Plan. Deputy CEO Nancy Lee joined me on the CGD Podcast to discuss how the new plan responds to a very differe...
A Big, Bold Plan for MCC’s Future
March 08, 2016
After more than a decade of operations, MCC has made the shift from innovative start-up to established donor agency. “MCC NEXT,” the agency’s new, much-anticipated strategic plan, takes a hard look at how the poverty and development landscape has evolved over the past decade ...
What Do We Mean By Results-Based Development? – Podcast with Raj Shah and Michael Gerson
February 16, 2016
It’s quite the buzz phrase: results-based development. But what is actually meant by "results"? Dr. Raj Shah, former Administrator of USAID under President Obama, and Michael Gerson, former presidential speechwriter and Assistant for Policy and Strategic Planning under George W....
How the Green Climate Fund Could Promote REDD+ through a Cash on Delivery Instrument: Issues and Options
January 07, 2016