The 'value for money' reporting burden and how to ease it

By Kelli Rogers 11 May 2015

Linn Dorin, founding principal of Global Finance Strategies, shared her insights on the GFS report, "Going Local: The Promises and Challenges of Aid Localization."

Aid localization, or giving money directly to a developing country’s government or to local nongovernmental organizations, is an irrefutable trend. In fact, a recent Global Finance Strategies report showed 74 percent of donors and 94 percent of recipients identifying it as such.

But plenty of strings come attached with the money, and donors and local implementing organizations alike often find reporting requirements unnecessarily burdensome. Nearly 100 percent of aid recipients said that meeting donor reporting and compliance requirements is a significant challenge, according to the survey.

What are some practical solutions? Linn Dorin, founding principal of Global Finance Strategies, shared her insights with Devex at a panel event in Washington, D.C., moderated by Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar.

Donor harmonization and streamlined reporting requirements are two areas where Dorin would like to see improvement.

Watch the clip above to find out what other operation systems she said could decrease burden on both donors and implementing partners.

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About the author

Kelli Rogers@kellierin

In her role as associate editor, Kelli Rogers helps to shape Devex content around leadership, professional growth and careers for professionals in international development, humanitarian aid and global health. As the manager of Doing Good, one of Devex's highest-circulation publications, she is constantly on the lookout for the latest staffing changes, hiring trends and tricks for recruiting skilled local and international staff for aid projects that make a difference. Kelli has studied or worked in Spain, Costa Rica and Kenya.

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