In my latest livemint column, I argue that NGOs need to be far more political than they currently are, if they wish to really serve the communities they work with. Malicious political masters and their misguided tools such as the IB should not be allowed to dictate the choice of strategies on the ground.While every … Continue reading NGOs, dont back off – be more political
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’