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Who's demanding impact evaluations - Building evidence for development

Getting people to talk to one another is a good idea. In London this week, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and CGD sponsored a meeting of European researchers and officials to discuss the best way of building evidence about what works in developing country social programs. The participants were concerned that the primary obstacle to making progress was a lack of demand for impact studies in developing countries.

Barak Obama Has At Randal Tobias

Amongst a bunch of more seasoned foreign aid senators, newcomer Barak Obama asks the most probing questions of Randal Tobias at his Senate Foreign Relations Committee nomination hearing, including one on the MCA. My good friends at the GII did a nice blog on this event -- kudos guys!

Vanuatu: Compact Signed and Moving Ahead

On March 2, the MCC signed a 5-year, $65.69 million compact with Vanuatu. The grant will focus on rehabilitating transportation infrastructure through eleven infrastructure projects aimed at roads, warehouses, wharves and an airstrip, extending into rural areas. The Compact will also include institutional strengthening efforts and policy reform initiatives such as maintenance equipment, maintenance schemes and the introduction of user fees.