Mark Ashurst is a Devex correspondent based in London. He was the founding director of the Africa Research Institute from 2006 to '10. Mark has written extensively on African issues, including for The Guardian, The Independent and South Africa's Mail & Guardian. He has appeared on BBC Radio, CNN, Al-Jazeera and other broadcasts, and was an Africa correspondent for the Financial Times, The Economist and Newsweek. He is the director and publisher of Black Cat Media.
The donor community’s strategic emphasis on value-for-money cannot credibly be ascribed to individuals, but the U.K.’s Department for International Development Permanent Secretary Mark Lowcock is shaping the movement.
Many of the best minds in development firmly believe in the new mantra of “country systems,” yet the global development community’s focus on general budget support and sector support is more an evolutionary step than a revolutionary one.
After years of shuttle diplomacy, the African Development Bank’s business - and tone - is changing. Whether headquartered in Tunis or elsewhere, the bank may just be the West’s “best bet” in Africa, writes Mark Ashurst.