How NGOs and service delivery organisations can be empowered by better use of data to improve public service delivery.
CGD Policy Blogs
Some thoughts-in-progress: if you are going to provide a public subsidy to the private sector, is it nearly always better to amplify the returns than to reduce their risks?
In Norway last year I met with the impressive staff of one of the world’s largest and smartest NGOs. They were unhappy that Norwegian aid money was being used to discourage deforestation in Brazil instead of to immunize children and educate girls in low-income Africa—in other words, to deal with climate change rather than “development.” I countered that minimizing climate change is a crucial piece of development, and urged them to rethink the issue.
The World Bank President Jim Kim has said that the next frontier for the World Bank is to 'help to advance a science of delivery'. But the problem is not that we are ignoring politics, as Kevin Watkins suggests: the problem is that we are ignoring complexity.
Richard Manning, a highly respected former chair of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) says in the FT that the OECD is "encouraging OECD finance ministries to get away with murder as they seek to massage reported aid upwards at minimum cost."
Owen Barder is sceptical about a proposed new public-private partnership to tackle hunger.
An obscure reference to reforming the taxation of multinationals in the UK budget speech might be more important for developing countries than the big increase in aid that was announced at the same time. Mandatory ‘combined reporting’ by multinationals could enable countries to tax multinationals properly.