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10 Oct 2011 description

Authors: Marcus Manuel, Alastair McKechnie and Maia King

Since the Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Accra in 2008, there has been a growing awareness amongst the international community that low-income countries with fragile institutions are not simply more difficult cases of development, but require a fundamentally different approach to delivering development assistance.

29 Aug 2011 description

Report, August 2011
Authors: Alastair J. McKechnie

This paper describes the experience of programme implementation and procurement in Afghanistan and sets out lessons for other countries coming out of prolonged fragility and conflict.

03 Mar 2011 description

Thursday, March 03, 2011 11:14 AM by Samir Elhawary

There has been much discussion on whether Tuesday's decision by the UK Government to focus more of its aid budget on 'fragile' states is putting Britain's security interests ahead of those of the poor. Oxfam has recently argued that aid is increasingly being put towards countering terrorism, and other NGOs have expressed concern that this increases threats to aid workers by associating them with contested political projects.

Are these accusations well-founded?

01 Mar 2011 description

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 3:50 PM by Jonathan Glennie

Given the pressing political need to mollify critics of aid, it is little wonder that this review is based on a now-familiar emphasis on results and value for money, but lacks reference to the kind of issues that more seasoned observers of aid will be looking out for (such as an emphasis on developing country-led development strategies and donor harmonisation).

Having said that, the two fundamental pillars of this review are sound: a reduction in the geographical scope of DFID's ambition, and a new way of allocating aid …

31 Jul 2007 description

1. Introduction

This report sets out to examine the risks of corruption faced by those delivering and receiving humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan. It is drawn from a limited amount of fieldwork and interviews, and so should be seen very much as a preliminary effort to understand the issues and dimensions of the problem. However, the picture it paints is a devastating one, suggesting a clear need for more concerted action on the part of the government, aid agencies and donor to address corruption risks.

30 Nov 2006 description

By Emily Perkin

Japanese NGOs are relative newcomers to the international NGO scene. They are small compared to their counterparts from the rich countries of Europe and North America, and their contribution often goes largely unnoticed by the wider aid community. However, they ought to be given greater consideration. They act as a link between poor people in developing countries and the political and financial resources of the world's second-largest economy.