Harmonize Aid to Make Lasting Effect

To make development aid work, coordination is key, according to William Easterly, economics professor at New York University.

In the U.S. alone, the management of foreign aid is spread across 60 offices.

“Picture 60 different official aid agencies giving aid to agriculture in Malawi, with the poor Malawian agriculture minister having to have meetings with all 60 representatives of the aid agencies and prepare 60 different procurement forms to show he is spending the money as they want him to,” Easterly told Religion and Ethics in an interview. “That is a huge problem.”

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.