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Greater than 90% of the literature suggests that conventional donor project models lack effectiveness.
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Horizon 2025: Creative Destruction in the Aid Industry

Author: Kharas, Homi & Andrew Rogerson

The global economic landscape has evolved dramatically since 2000: developing and emerging economies have been driving global growth, new sources of development finance have mushroomed and the diversification of actors, instruments and delivery mechanisms has continued. Transformations in the poverty map and new forces on the supply side of development finance are challenging the international development architecture. This paper aims to stimulate debate on the future of this architecture.

July, 2012

Implementing Institutional and Capacity Development: Conceptual and Operational Issues

Author: Land, Tony

At a 1999 workshop on "Operational Approaches to Institutional and Capacity Development," 70 participants from national policy research institutes across Africa, together with members of the DAC Informal Network, reviewed and drew lessons from case studies on capacity building practices. This "Overview" of conceptual and operational issues introduced the case studies. The event was organized by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) and the DAC Informal Network on Institutional and Capacity Development.


March, 2000

Information Struggles: The Role of Information in the Reproduction of NGO-Funder Relationships

Author: Ebrahim, Alnoor

This article examines struggles over information between two non-governmental organizations (NGOs) ín India and their key internatíonal funders. The author outlines both the strategies used by international funders to increase their control over information generation within NGOs and the strategies used by the NGOs to resist these interventions. 

March, 2002

Making Sense of Accountability: Conceptual Perspectives for Northern and Southern Nonprofits

Author: Ebrahim, Alnoor

The author examines the concept of accountability through various disciplinary lenses in order to develop an integrated understanding of the term. Special attention is devoted to principal-agent perspectives from political science and economics. The analysis draws from the experiences of both Northern and Southern nonprofits, that is, organizations based in wealthy industrialized regions of the world (the global North) and those in economically poorer areas (the global South).

Patronage or Partnership: Local Capacity Building in Humanitarian Crises

Author: Smillie, Ian
Much has been written about the need to build local capacities in emergency and postemergency situations. Many relief programs, however, remain characterized by externality: in their funding, accountabilities, approach to management, and dependence upon expatriate staff. Reality often flies in the face of stated policy and good intentions. In reality, strengthening local capacity is easier said than done, and there are real tradeoffs between outsiders doing something right now in the midst of an emergency, on the one hand, and building long-term local skills, on the other. 
January, 2001

Putting Evidence to Work: Linking Policy and Practice in Capacity Development

Author: Theisohn, Thomas, Mark Nelson & Janet Awimbo

One of the major challenges facing the international development community is creating a capacity development (CD) architecture built on solid evidence. Here, the authors argue that, although a significant body of evidence on CD is being produced, the knowledge is poorly captured and managed. As a result, CD practice and policies fail to take full advantage of lessons and experiences that could lead to better results.

June, 2009

Scaling Up Programs for the Rural Poor: IFAD's Experience, Lessons and Prospects (Phase 2)

Author: Hartmann, Antraud, Homi Kharas, Richard Kohl, Johannes Linn, Barbara Massler, & Cheikh Sourang

The thousand-flowers-blooming approaches to rural innovation and learning as adopted over the past decade have led to an endless list of "good practices." But these, with a few notable exceptions, did not add up to deliver impact at scale. Improving on institutional efficiency and enhancing development impact are therefore two daunting challenges currently facing governments and like-minded partners amidst growing concerns about the sustainability of mixed progress towards Millennium Development Goal 1 targets.

January, 2013

The Aid Chain: Coercion and Commitment in Development NGOs

Author: Wallace, Tina with Lisa Bornstein and Jennifer Chapman

Reviewer David Sogge writes that "This study's main questions concern the consequences for organizations lower on aid chains as they respond to conditions set by those higher on aid chains. In particular, what happens to African NGOs and their relationships with the people they are supposed to be helping? ...However, the study's chief concerns, and freshest insights, are in revealing how donor power shapes NGO relationships, structures and methods.

September, 2007

The Anti-Politics Machine: 'Development' and Bureaucratic Power in Lesotho

Author: Ferguson, James

"Development" projects in Lesotho have consistently failed to achieve their stated objectives, not least because they are based on a "construction" of the country that bears little relation to prevailing realities. They do, however, succeed in expanding the field of bureaucratic state power in people's everyday lives. Recognition that this often unintended consequence of "development" is its main achievement argues for a new politics of opposition.

October, 1994

The Busan Partnership: Implications for Civil Society

Author: Hayman, Rachel

"On 1 December 2011, the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation 1 was adopted at the end of the 4th High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, held in Busan, South Korea. This Partnership opened a new chapter in a process which began almost a decade earlier to address falling levels of aid and widespread weaknesses in the aid system. In contrast to its predecessors, the Partnership was negotiated with strong input from developing countries, from new donors, and from civil society. It represents a welcome break from an agenda dictated by a few large OECD donors.

February, 2012