How can Bangladesh access a larger slice of the climate finance pie?

This column was first carried by Dhaka Tribune ***   The promotion of ‘green growth’ – growth that aims to minimise negative environmental impacts of economic growth engines of a country – requires substantial financial commitment. The G20 Green Finance Study Group defines green finance as “…financing of investments that provide environmental benefits in the …

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

Without a doubt, there is pressure on development 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 …

The shape of India’s non-profits in the 21st century

India’s non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been in the midst of a brewing crisis for sometime now, which goes well beyond questions over technical competence or efficiency of delivery, to questions over their existence and their legitimacy. It is pertinent to examine the reasons for this crisis, and set out ways in which NGOs can restart …

Does the Gates’ Letter 2017 answer Warren Buffett’s questions?

Melinda and Bill Gates have made an annual tradition of publishing their thoughts on their work in global development, the challenges they face, and their goals for the future. These letters are a manifesto for their philanthropic work, most of which is channelled through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Gates structured their 2017 …

Judith Tendler, and learning from ‘good government’

On 24th July 2016, Judith Tendler, former Professor at the Department of Urban studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, passed away. She was 77. A Ph.D from Columbia University, Judith Tendler spent several years at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), before a long career as a Professor …