This is a joint post with Heather - fifth in our series on decisionmaking. Now also on the World Bank PSD blog *** Throughout this series of posts (1, 2, 3, 4), we have considered two main issues. First, how can evidence and evaluation be shaped to be made more useful - that is, directly useable - in … Continue reading Allowing ‘revisibility’ in decisionmaking
This is a joint post with Heather - 4th in our series on decisionmaking; now also on the World Bank PSD blog *** In our last post, we discussed how establishing “relevant reasons” for decision-making ex ante may enhance the legitimacy and fairness of deliberations on resource allocation. We also highlight that setting relevant decision-making … Continue reading ‘Going public’ with decisionmaking
IDS just concluded its 'Politics of Evidence' conference - thankfully having moved from the 'big push-back' to 'the big push forward'. My friend Heather has a summary here. Loving the typical IDS-speak that seems to have dominated the conference! Waiting for an update here from Ros Now, if only a conference such as this could be held … Continue reading Politics of Evidence @ IDS
My latest column for livemint, on how the space for traditional NGO-led development model is shrinking *** The 1980s and 1990s were the heydays of the NGO-led development model in India, where significant funds flowed through them into development programmes targeting the poor. NGOs played a critical role in developing model interventions of service delivery … Continue reading Why the traditional model of NGO-led development must end
H/T to Chris Blattman, who links to this paper by Aronow, Carnegie and Marinov. Starting with a clever way to tackle the problem of endogenous aid (giving and taking) decisions, relying on the rotational system of determining EU presidency -We identify a process that drives aid allocation and is exogenous to the rights and governance in … Continue reading Did the EU deserve its Nobel?
My latest livemint article is up todayRecognizing that an external agency ought to play the role of a facilitator, it is safe to say that unless an agency has a well-defined withdrawal strategy for self-reliance and sustainability, the main motive for its existence itself is endangered. An agency cannot just contemplate packing its bags when … Continue reading Preparing to ‘withdraw’
My latest livemint column is up - looking at how aid matters to India. The UK might count the savings it makes by pulling out of India, but strictly from a development outcomes perspective, some are convinced that this is the wrong decision in the short-term.In my column, I argue that aid has a role, … Continue reading Does foreign aid matter to India?