Governance uber-wonk Daniel Kaufmann cuts a path through the development aid establishment, commenting on the financial crisis, the 2005 Paris Declaration, China as aid donor, mobile phones in governance, South-to-North knowledge transfer… he covers a lot of ground. But the core message is always the need for innovation.
“The official aid industry was already behind the curve prior to the crisis.” Kaufmann writes. “Now the required catching up is larger, and urgent, necessitating a rethinking of aid strategies and different approaches to aid effectiveness.”
Aid Effectiveness and Governance: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
There’s more at Kaufmann’s blog.
Dr. Kaufmann was co-creator of the Worldwide Governance Indicators dataset, and is currently writing from the Brookings Institution.
— Jonathan Eyler-Werve
..and the goings-on within UNDP are another complexion. Will be interesting to see whether this week’s appointment of former NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark to head the UNDP influences internal attitudes. NZ’s place on the TI CPI could encourage optimism. But the lack of commitment to transparency in much of the UN suggests Clark’s competence and integrity may just knock up against a brick wall. http://www.innercitypress.com/undp1clark032509.html
thanks for the pointer. Wasn’t aware of what he was up to these days