Whittle: Global Aid Architecture is Shifting

Jane McGonigal describes Urgent Evoke during the 2010 TED conference. Urgent Evoke, a project of the World Bank, is an example of an alternative bottom-up approach to global aid, according to GlobalGiving CEO Dennis Whittle. Photo by: Patrick Newell / Avant Game / CC BY-NC Avant GameCC BY-NC

There are several signs that the global aid architecture is slowly shifting from its traditional top-down model to an alternative bottom-up approach. A case in point is the World Bank’s Urgent Evoke project, the head of international non-governmental organization GlobalGiving says.

“The World Bank’s Urgent Evoke project, for example, is a brilliant concept that puts development entrepreneurship into the hands of, well, anyone,” Dennis Whittle writes in an opinion piece published on the Huffington Post.

Whittle is a former World Bank employee and the current chief executive officer of GlobalGiving, an organization that helps to boost poor people’s access to finance and markets.

“There are other hopeful signs out there of a shift in aid-that’s it’s moving, albeit slowly, to recognize that the true potential for change lies within the people and communities who are affected by the world’s problems, and not necessarily the people who write the most effective grant proposals,” Whittle adds. 

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  • Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.