Is the development sector succumbing to the ‘attribution’ pressure?

Without a doubt, there is pressure on aid agencies to 'demonstrate' what they have achieved (results), and further, whether these results have been achieved in a cost-effective manner (value for money). 'Theories of change' are constructed to strip away the fluff and depict attributable causal chains. In the process, some of these agencies sometimes face …

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The role of foreign aid in the macro-economy of Bangladesh

Foreign aid and development partners (donors) have played an important role in Bangladesh’s growth story. Its importance has also been acknowledged by successive governments in Bangladesh. For instance, in his 2018 budget speech, Bangladesh Finance Minister AMA Muhith noted the importance of improving the utilisation of Net Foreign Assistance (foreign aid) in Bangladesh. In this …

Big-picture transformation takes more than just chasing targets

We Indians love large numbers. We also love big ideas. This probably was one of the reasons why Narendra Modi, as a new Prime Minister in 2014, embarked on a series of mega initiatives – all touted as game-changing ideas – to accompany the promise of ramping up implementation of existing schemes. Investing political capital …

Why has decentralisation (temporarily) gone out of fashion?

Last week was the twenty-fifth anniversary of the landmark constitutional amendments that laid out the roadmap for democratic decentralisation in India. The 73rd and 74th amendments were passed with much fanfare in 1993, and while there are large variations in the level of progress states have achieved, the Government of India’s official line has been …