Till Bruckner is the founder of TranspariMED, an initiative that works to end evidence distortion in medicine, and manages advocacy for Transparify, an initiative promoting transparency and integrity in policy research. In his previous life, he worked in international development, occupying both field and research roles. Till is interested in the hidden power relationships that structure global politics and our everyday lives, and in finding new ways of using research and advocacy to make the world a better place. Till holds a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Bristol, U.K.
Devex interviewed industry insiders from all continents, and though perceptions of expat consultant bias varied, all reported the same trend: Even on a playing field tilted in their favor, consultants from the "global north" are steadily losing ground as capacity in middle-income countries grows.
Morocco's efforts to grow green have attracted international attention and praise. But a closer look at the "green growth" proponents' star pupil suggests carbon emissions cannot be cut radically alongside efforts to improve the economy.
There is often a tragic disconnect between academic thinking on corruption, empirical research and aid industry action on the ground. In this guest commentary, Till Bruckner outlines three such disconnects and discusses how donors could work with think tanks to improve anti-corruption efforts on the ground.
Despite initial skepticism, Morocco convinced donors to fund an ambitious flagship project that will not only help the country generate 42 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020 but also lower the cost of the centerpiece technology — concentrated solar power — worldwide.
Amid controversies surrounding the Clinton Foundation's alleged financial misdeeds and improprieties, Devex canvassed several leading advocates for nonprofit transparency for their opinions and elicited seven rules for excelling in accountability in this new age of heightened scrutiny.
The debate on whether and how the aid industry should engage with resource-rich countries and their often corrupt and undemocratic governments is far from new, but it has gained new urgency in the wake of massive natural resource discoveries across much of the developing world.
Over the past decades, the aid industry has increasingly converged around the view that democracy and "good governance" matter for development. But what do most pro-democracy groups do? Not much, claims Till Bruckner in this guest commentary.