Aid that works: successful development in fragile states by World Bank, James Manor

By World Bank, James Manor

Examine in recent times on reduction effectiveness exhibits that major hindrances in fragile states--insecurity, bad governance and vulnerable implementation capacity--usually hinder reduction from reaching the specified leads to those environments. This examine investigates the attributes and effectiveness of donor-supported programmes and initiatives that labored good less than tricky stipulations in fragile states. offered during this research are 9 improvement projects in six much less built countries—Afghanistan, Cambodia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Timor Leste and Uganda. The instances express that improvement projects, which interact neighborhood groups and native point governments, are frequently in a position to have major effect. although, for extra giant advancements to take areas, localized earnings must be scaled up both horizontally (other localities) or vertically (to better levels). Given some great benefits of operating on the neighborhood point and the trouble of operating via mainstream bureaucratic organisations at better degrees in those international locations, donors frequently like to create 'parallel-agencies' to arrive out to bigger numbers of beneficiaries. even if, this can ultimately weaken the legitimacy of mainstream executive associations, and donor enterprises may well as a result decide to paintings as heavily as attainable with govt officers from the start to construct belief and demonstrating that new tasks are non-threatening and aid arrange the eventual mainstreaming of 'parallel agencies'.

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Balance between Knowledge Transfers and Financial Support Our studies suggest that in many cases donors should emphasize knowledge transfers over financial assistance—although this is not an “either/or” issue. Sometimes the most valuable knowledge transfers are importation of ideas from other places, but often they entail dissemination of knowledge from one part of a system or country to another (usually horizontally). Special efforts are needed to draw on the promise of local knowledge, including local arrangements for tackling problems (such as the women’s forums discussed in Lister’s Afghanistan chapter).

Development practitioners working with a United Nations agency in Vietnam—a closed political system—found that when people were permitted to elect members of local councils (albeit with quite limited powers), the psychological effect was startling. They responded enthusiastically and engaged actively in development projects. 14 In Mozambique, creation of elected councils in pilot projects at the local and district levels drew previously apathetic citizens into active engagement with the political and policy processes, as described in chapter 7.

Spillover across sectors follows naturally, as was the case with the district governance program in Mozambique. Officials from various government agencies recognized the utility of more open, participatory governance, and change ensued on a broad front. Most of the initiatives that we analyzed—and most adopted in fragile states—are on a modest scale, but some have had positive spillovers. 43 Sun, 14 Mar 2010 15:53:57 encouraged agencies outside the microfinance sector to pursue similar processes.

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