Nancy Birdsall: 'Cash on Delivery' Aid Models Promote Accountability

Championed by the Center for Global Development, “cash on delivery” aid programs, which call for quantifiable outcomes, has become a catch phrase in the international development sector today. Nancy Birdsall, founding president of the Washington-based nonprofit research group, says the model can help to foster aid accountability. 

By tying aid programs to measurable results, Birdsall argued that civil society and media in aid-recipient nations can hold their governments accountable to keep their aid commitments, the Guardian’s Madeleine Bunting reports. 

For instance, instead of supporting complex capacity building programs such as training teachers or developing curriculum, the donor nation and aid-recipient government could agree to use cash on delivery with a specific outcome in mind, such as educating 4 million children, according to Birdsall. 

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