A New Creative Ferment

    Decades of failure in aid programs have prompted development academics to look for new solutions to development challenges. One school of thought, says William Easterly, co-director of New York University's Development Research Institute, advocates changing the political climate in the aid world. This, he adds, aims to encourage aid agencies to evaluate their actions and produce better program results.

    About the author

    • David Lepeska

      David has served as U.N. correspondent for the newswire UPI and reported for several major newspapers, including the New York Daily News and Newsday. He was chief correspondent for the Kashmir Observer in Srinagar, India, and regularly contributes to the Economist, among other publications. Since 2007, David has reported for Devex News from Washington, New York, as well as South Asia.