Establishing tight restrictions and requirements on foreign aid spending may seem responsible, but it could defeat the entire point of international development cooperation, writes Diana Ohlbaum in part five in the Devex series "Foreign aid effectiveness: A radical rethink."

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  • Diana Ohlbaum

    Ohlbaum is an independent consultant, an executive committee member of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network and a principal of Turner4D, a strategic communications firm. She has served as senior associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a senior professional staff member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and a deputy director of the U.S. Agency for International Development's Office of Transition Initiatives.