I was in a seminar today when I had a moment of illumination.
One of the speakers delivered one of those stock standard new public management catchphrases “value for money”.
As I half listened I realised my views about aid are the complete opposite. I am a ‘money for value’ man. Don’t waste money obviously. But I think that if you want aid that works you have to spend money on tedious things. Enough staff. Expensive evaluations. Good research on context. You have to spend money if you want to give money away (well).