Practical Steps to Better US Aid Delivery Now

    Overreliance on contractors has contributed to inefficient U.S. aid spending. There are ways to address this now without having to form a new organization or amend the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act, says Women Thrive Worldwide President Ritu Sharma. The U.S. Agency for International Development could provide small grants to local organizations and deploy its staff to beneficiary communities to monitor projects and find out what people really need, she adds.

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    • Oliver Subasinghe

      Oliver joined Devex in late 2008 as an international development correspondent and researcher. He previously served as a microfinance fellow for Kiva in Kenya and Uganda. During his tenure, he worked with Kiva’s field partners to improve their operations and governance. Oliver holds a master's in business from the College of William & Mary.