Waylaid Dialectic

June 10, 2011

Older and Wiser?

Filed under: Aid — terence @ 5:50 pm

Over at DevPolicy I have a post up musing on the fact that the modern era of aid has now been with us, and wondering what have we learnt. I offer 5 key lessons that I think should have been learnt by not:

1. Aid should be given with the intent of helping people in recipient countries. i.e. no Boomerang aid or geo-strategic aid.

2. Evidence not ideology should guide aid work.

3. Forget about the next big thing. Development work really needs to get over fads.

4. There are some things aid can’t achieve. Be realistic and don’t waste effort on things that would be good but can’t be done.

5. Accept that aid’s a long run game. It’s been with us for 6 decades now; it’ll probably be with us at least several more still. Think carefully about timeframes of success.

You can read the arguments in detail here.

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2 Comments

  1. Right on! Now, is anybody listening?

    Comment by MJ — June 11, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

  2. Thanks! And, I doubt it…

    Comment by terence — June 12, 2011 @ 12:49 pm


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