Development pundits have concurred that reforming how U.S. aid is delivered and implemented is imperative. But how do various development stakeholders exactly go about this? Carol Peasley, president of the Center for Development and Population Activities, deems that the U.S. Agency for International Development should take on a “stronger leadership role” in advancing U.S. foreign aid reform.
USAID “can and must provide a common roadmap that keeps us moving toward our destination, bringing the multiple strands together and helping us reach a new foreign assistance framework that places development at the center,” Peasley wrote in The Huffington Post.
While a consensus has been reached on the importance of incorporating local capacity building in development initiatives, donors still need to decide on the level of involvement of partner governments, contractors, local non-governmental organizations and subcontractors, she said.