More African doctors to rich countries?

Apr 23, 2008

Dean Baker at Beat the Press argues that the U.S.A. could fix its health care system by outsourcing its health care to countries that have more efficient health care systems. The CGD recently reported that by the year 2000, approximately 65,000 African-born physicians and 70,000 African-born professional nurses were already working in developed countries. That figure is much […]

No Aid Effectiveness in Afghanistan

Apr 15, 2008

The current debate on aid effectiveness makes one think that donors are prioritizing the quality of spending. However, a recent report by ACBAR (Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief) lists many examples of where billions of dollars promised for the reconstruction of Afghanistan has been wasted, ineffective or not transferred at all. Aid constitutes around 90% […]

You can’t govern without the people

Apr 09, 2008

Many people see government as a process of service delivery that should be technically sound and as cheap as possible. But that is not enough. While technical skills and efficiency are important, effective and democratic government is not possible without transparency and accountability. Without accountability, those in positions of power can safely ignore the will […]

Getting Collier’s Bottom Billion to the Top

Apr 02, 2008

The latest issue of the Institute of Development Studies’ publication, In Focus, explores the strengths and weaknesses of the policies advocated in Paul Collier’s book ‘The Bottom Billion’. The 13 four-page policy briefs discuss the key issues raised by Collier, including aid, trade, military intervention and international conventions. Read them here.The briefs were written by a […]

African Parliaments becoming a force?

Mar 31, 2008

The UK’s Africa All Party Parliamentary Group (AAPPG), has just released its report on Strengthening Parliaments in Africa: Improving Support. The report explores the factors that hold African parliaments back and how international donors can better support them. The report will be on their website later this week. We list some of the findings below. WHAT […]

Getting serious about Budget Support

Mar 13, 2008

Budget support is meant to build democratic accountability for public funds and reduce the amount of red tape involved with donor transactions. The challenge of budget support is to change the relationship between donors and recipient government as well as between governments and their citizens. If this is not done, budget support is doomed to […]